Managing Public Expenditure [E-Book]: Some Emerging Policy Issues and A Framework for Analysis / Paul Atkinson and Paul van den Noord
Atkinson, Paul.
van den Noord, Paul.
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2001
54 p. ; 21 x 29.7cm.
OECD Economics Department Working Papers ; 285
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This paper highlights some key policy issues regarding the performance of public expenditure and proposes an analytical framework for its assessment. The framework distinguishes three economic objectives of policies in the pursuit of better performance of public expenditure: macroeconomic sustainability, allocative efficiency (better outcomes per unit of public expenditure) and technical efficiency (less resource inputs per unit of public output). Against this backdrop, the paper discusses experiences of governments of OECD countries with various policy instruments, including fiscal rules, medium-term fiscal frames, market-based allocation mechanisms and flexible management and control. These experiences could serve as a starting point for peer reviews and international benchmarking ...