Ireland : Selected Issues

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund. European Dept.

Publication Date:

July 28, 2016

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This Selected Issues paper reviews public expenditure efficiency in Ireland. Evidence suggests that while Ireland is a low spending country, it achieves a generally efficient use of public funds, with some key differences across sectors. Although the overall space for budgetary savings appears limited, further spending efficiency could help contain cost pressures coming from the demographic challenge of an aging population and improve the quality of public services. It could also help rechannel spending toward more productive uses, for instance by increasing public investment relative to current expenditure, and support the competitive position of the Irish economy and its growth potential.

Series:

Country Report No. 16/257

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 28, 2016

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475517828/1934-7685

Stock No:

1IRLEA2016003

Format:

Paper

Pages:

72

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