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

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

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:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451847628/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0552001

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

44

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