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Transition Economies: How Appropriate is the Size and Scope of Government?

Author/Editor: Gupta, Sanjeev | Leruth, Luc | de Mello, Luiz | Chakravarti, Shamit
Authorized for Distribution: May 1, 2001
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Summary: This paper assesses changes in the size and scope of government in 24 transition economies. Whereas these governments have retrenched in terms of public expenditures in relation to GDP, as well as public employment as a share of population, some indicators suggest that size remains high (e.g., rising indebtedness, a heavy regulatory burden, and prevalence of noncash transactions). At the same time, the scope of government activities-although evolving-has not necessarily become appropriate. This paper provides some recommendations for aligning the scope of government with the increasing market orientation of these economies.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 01/55
Subject(s): Transition economies | Government expenditures | Public debt
Author's keyword(s): Transition economies | reform | size of government
 
English  
    Published:   May 1, 2001        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA0552001   Pages:   43
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