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Is Public Sector Performance just a matter of money? The case of the Spanish regional governments

Raúl García-Gómez (), Jorge Onrubia () and A. Jesús Sánchez-Fuentes ()
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Raúl García-Gómez: Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales (ICEI), Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
A. Jesús Sánchez-Fuentes: Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales (UCM) and GEN.

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Antonio Jesus Sanchez Fuentes ()

No 1901, Working Papers del Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales

Abstract: Efficient use of public resources is clearly a relevant issue to be studied from several points of view. Among others, it accounts for a significant share of the total economy activity and it deals with non market oriented activities. In Spain, the regional level is particularly relevant due to the progressive decentralization during the 200s of key public policies constituting the welfare state (as education, health, etc.). Consequently,it increased notably their financing needs but affecting asymmetrically because of the important differences in their fiscal capacity. Moreover, they mostly share (15 of 17) a common financing system in which an efficient use of resources is assumed but not evaluated. Our results show that normally a few of the regions tend to be the top performers, but there no regions performing poorly in every aspect. It is also worth noting that no dramatic changes can be seen in terms both of expenditure and performance during the recent Great Recession.

Keywords: Public sector efficiency; Public sector performance; Fiscal decentralisation; Spanish Autonomous Communities. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D24 D60 D61 H40 H50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2019
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