New PDF release: Public Spending in the 20th Century: A Global Perspective

By Vito Tanzi, Ludger Schuknecht

This e-book discusses the altering position of presidency finance within the 20th century. It records the big elevate in executive spending during the 1900s throughout all industrialized nations. even if, the authors locate that the expansion of the welfare kingdom during the last thirty-five years has no longer led to a lot extra social and financial welfare. this means that public spending in industrialized nations might be a lot smaller than this day with no sacrificing very important coverage goals. For this to take place, governments have to refocus their function on surroundings the 'rules of the game', and the examine offers a blueprint for institutional and expenditure coverage reform. After a close account of reform studies in different nations and the general public debate concerning executive reform, the learn closes with an outlook at the destiny position of the nation, that is an important in that globalization may possibly require and folks wish a lot 'leaner' yet no longer 'meaner' states.

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Technical progress will probably raise the costs of health services more strongly than in other sectors, and rising life expectancy 10. In Germany in the 1970s and early 1980s, for example, health insurance paid virtually 100 percent of all medical expenses including dental care and medication. The same was true for other countries. 7. 2 Sources: Compiled by Tanzi and Schuknecht based on Fernandez Acha (1976); Andic and Veverka (1964); Australia, Bureau of Census Statistics (1938); Norway, Statistisk Sentralbyra.

C Old-age cash benefits, disability pensions, and survivors' pensions. trial countries while life expectancy has increased significantly (World Bank, 1994a). Governments gave generous benefits at a time when populations were still relatively young. Now, however, many countries face potentially explosive situations. The share of the population above the age of sixty is expected to increase to more than one-quarter of the total by the year 2020. This would be an increase of 50 percent over the current share of old-aged, and aging will be even faster in Canada and Japan.

Switzerland, for example, has imposed such limits on the rates of the recently introduced value-added tax. See also Forte (1989,1998). 18. Reagan popularized the view that, far from being a solution to problems, the government could be a cause of them. For a critical account of Reagan's contempt for government see, for example, New York Times Magazine, August 11, 1996. 19. See Assar Lindbeck (1997) and Chapter X of this book. I). 8 percent of GDP. 6 percent of GDP. Over the 1980-96 period, the share of public expenditure in GDP declined in Belgium, Ireland, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

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