From Expenditure Consolidation to Expenditure Efficiency : Addressing Public Expenditure Pressures in Lithuania

Author/Editor:

David Coady ; Nan Geng

Publication Date:

December 28, 2015

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper reviews public expenditure in Lithuania to identify areas where deeper structural reforms may be warranted to improve spending efficiency and contain future spending pressures. The analysis benchmarks spending in Lithuania against other European countries focusing on spending levels, spending composition, and spending outcomes, and for both economic and functional spending classifications. While recent expenditure consolidation efforts have kept public spending among the lowest in Europe, a transition from broad-based measures to more structural measures will be required: to ensure that low spending levels remain sustainable, to address poor social outcomes such as high inequality and poor health and education outcomes, and to efficiently and equitably contain spending pressures arising from an ageing population.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/278

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 28, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513590554/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015278

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

34

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