What drives intermediate local governments' spending efficiency : the case of French départements
Title: What drives intermediate local governments' spending efficiency : the case of French départements
Citation: Local government studies, 2014, Vol. 40, No. 5, pp. 766-790
Series/Number: [Florence School of Regulation]
ISSN: 0300-3930; 1743-9388
The restructuring of the allocation of governmental competencies in France has increased the importance of subnational governments by transferring additional tasks. We analyse the efficiency of public spending on the intermediate government level for the 96 départements in metropolitan France in 2008. Spending efficiency is measured using Data Envelopment Analysis. Results indicate significant room for improvement and we detect an average spending inefficiency of 12%. To explain efficiency, a bootstrapped truncated regression is applied. The second-stage regression shows that efficiency is also determined by exogenous factors and identifies the distance to the national capital, inhabitants’ income and the share of inhabitants older than 65 as significant determinants of efficiency.
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