Public Expenditure in Latin America Trends and Key Policy Issues

This paper examines trends in government spending in Latin America from the mid-1990s to 2006. It also examines key policy issues, including the cyclicality of spending, public investment, public employment, and social expenditures. It finds that primary expenditures have trended upward for the past...

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Main Author: Clements, Benedict J.
Other Authors: Faircloth, Christopher, Verhoeven, Marijn
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Washington, D.C. International Monetary Fund 2007, 2007
Series:IMF Working Papers; Working Paper
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Collection: International Monetary Fund - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:This paper examines trends in government spending in Latin America from the mid-1990s to 2006. It also examines key policy issues, including the cyclicality of spending, public investment, public employment, and social expenditures. It finds that primary expenditures have trended upward for the past ten years as a share of GDP, driven by increases in current spending, in particular for social expenditures. Fluctuations in real spending have continued to follow a procyclical pattern. The paper finds that there is substantial scope to improve the efficiency of public investment, public employment, and social spending
Physical Description:34 p.
ISBN:9781451865851
1451865856