Public Spending in Mexico [E-Book]: How to Enhance Its Effectiveness / Bénédicte Larre and Marcos Bonturi
Larre, Bénédicte.
Bonturi, Marcos.
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2001
62 p. ; 21 x 29.7cm.
englisch
10.1787/314432213841
OECD Economics Department Working Papers ; 288
Economics
Mexico
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Public sector reforms and a refocusing of spending, partly through privatisation, have created a leaner and more effective government in Mexico. Primary expenditure, at around 18 per cent of GDP in 1999, is less than half the average for the OECD. At the same time, there are important spending requirements to create the basis for strong sustainable growth over the medium term. The backlog in basic infrastructure is considerable and areas such as education and health will require a steady expansion of budget resources. Specific measures to fight poverty are also needed. Inadequate tax resources and a heavy reliance on volatile oil-related revenue have been important factors impeding the development of essential public programmes. In this respect, given the sizeable marginal economic and social benefits of increasing spending in the above areas, it would be appropriate to raise the low tax-to-GDP ratio over the short to medium term. It is also essential that public spending be ...