The Evaluation of Standard Expenditure Needs: the Case of Social Care Services in Italy

Journal title ECONOMIA PUBBLICA
Author/s Francesco Porcelli
Publishing Year 2016 Issue 2015/3 Language English
Pages 35 P. 123-157 File size 356 KB
DOI 10.3280/EP2015-003005
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This paper is a policy report providing an overview of the recent Italian experience in the evaluation of the standard expenditure needs of municipalities (6702 elected local authorities of regions with ordinary statutes), discussing in detail the main technical choices and the final methodologies adopted in relation to the mainstream methods reported in the economic literature and developed by other countries. For simplicity, the paper is focused on the social care sector (which absorbs more than 20% of municipal current expenditure), the methodological approach being the same in the case of other local services.

Keywords: standard expenditure needs; municipalities; Italy; social care

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Francesco Porcelli, The Evaluation of Standard Expenditure Needs: the Case of Social Care Services in Italy in "ECONOMIA PUBBLICA " 3/2015, pp 123-157, DOI: 10.3280/EP2015-003005