Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/128550
Authors: 
Lavado, Rouselle F.
Domingo, Gabriel Angelo
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
ADB Economics Working Paper Series 435
Abstract: 
Efficiency and equity are cornerstone concepts in rational service delivery in the public sector. This paper benchmarks efficiency and equity in public spending on health, education and social protection in a broad group of Asian Development Bank (ADB) member economies with varying levels of development. We describe public expenditure trends in health, education and social protection in the region. Following Herrera and Pang (2005), we conduct a formal efficiency benchmarking exercise using Data Envelopment Analysis and available input and output data from WDI, GFS, and ADB databases to deconstruct each member economy's efficiency changes in health and education spending. We next turn to review service provision inequality within ADB economies using utilization rates and benefit incidence, and note the deficiency of pro-poor spending in some sectors.
Subjects: 
governance and institutions
MDGs and inclusive growth
poverty
social protection
JEL: 
H51
H52
H53
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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