Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/153295
Authors: 
Afonso, António
Schuknecht, Ludger
Tanzi, Vito
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
ECB Working Paper 861
Abstract: 
In this paper we examine the impact of public spending, education, and institutions on income distribution in advanced economies. We also assess the efficiency of public spending in redistributing income by using a DEA (Data Envelopment Analysis) nonparametric approach. We find that public policies significantly affect income distribution, notably via social spending, and indirectly via high quality education/human capital and via sound economic institutions. Moreover, for our set of OECD countries, and within a two-step approach, several so-called non-discretionary factors help explaining public social spending inefficiencies.
Subjects: 
DEA
Efficiency
income redistribution
public spending
JEL: 
C14
H40
H50
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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