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  • Consolidating Germany's Finances: Issues in Public Sector Spending Reform
Author
  • Eckhard Wurzel
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  • preprint
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  • While the German federal fiscal system has been successful in promoting a high standard of living even in regions whose economic capacity is low, tensions have emerged. Firstly , it has been difficult to ensure a sustainable fiscal policy, and the size of the overall deficit makes it difficult for the automatic stabilisers to operate freely. Second , overlapping responsibilities between governments and the financing of public spending programmes via inter-governmental transfers provide individual governments with little incentives to contain costs and demand. Thirdly , social spending often discourages a higher utilisation of labour. Furthermore, public expenditure is going to have to cope with increasing pressure due to the substantial deterioration of the old-age dependency ratio projected for the next years and decades and the continuing fiscal burden associated with reunification. Hence, continuing the process of fiscal consolidation and improving the quality of government ... La réforme des dépenses dans le secteur public : Principaux enjeux Le système budgétaire fédéral allemand est parvenu à promouvoir un niveau de vie élevé même dans les régions à faible potentiel économique, mais des tensions sont apparues. Premièrement , il s’est révélé difficile de maintenir une politique budgétaire viable et l’ampleur du déficit total ne permet guère de laisser jouer les stabilisateurs automatiques. Deuxièmement , le chevauchement des compétences des différentes administrations et le financement des programmes de dépenses publiques par des transferts interadministrations n’incitent guère les responsables à maîtriser les coûts et la demande. Troisièmement , les dépenses sociales découragent souvent une utilisation accrue de main-d’œuvre. De surcroît, la forte dégradation du taux de dépendance des personnes âgées prévue dans les prochaines années et décennies mais aussi le fardeau budgétaire persistant lié à la réunification engendreront des pressions grandissantes sur la dépense publique. Par conséquent, les tâches les plus ...
  • education, fiscal policy, politique fiscale, health care, soins de santé, éducation, federal fiscal relations, East Germany, domestic stability pact, social assistance, relation fiscal - fédéral - gouvernemental, Allemagne de l'Est, pacte de stabilité interne, aide sociale
  • RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:366-en
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  • English
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