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Pomiar efektywności wydatków budżetowych dużych miast w Polsce
Measuring Polish cities expenditure efficiency

Author(s): Alicja Sekuła, Bartosz Julkowski
Subject(s): Public Finances, Fiscal Politics / Budgeting
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Ekonomicznego we Wrocławiu
Keywords: efficiency; local government expenditure; efficiency measurement; Data Envelopment Analysis; DEA

Summary/Abstract: The article focuses on the measurement of efficiency of general expenditure. The subject of the study is 37 cities with county rights classified as large ones, i.e. with a population between one hundred thousand and a million. The time horizon of the analysis covers the years 2009-2013. A nonparametric method for the evaluation of relative efficiency – Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) - was used in the research. The input is the total budgetary expenditure per capita and the results (outputs) are seven indicators influencing the quality of life in the following areas: health care, household finances, labour market, education, leisure and recreation, public safety and environmental protection. On the basis of the results inefficient units were indicated, and then changes required to improve efficiency were proposed. The analysis also confirmed two hypotheses: the efficiency of budgetary expenditure is higher in cities with a smaller number of inhabitants and in cities with less expenditure per capita.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 404
  • Page Range: 265-282
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish