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Productivity in Public Services

Helen Simpson;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2007
Abstract
This paper discusses issues arising in the measurement of productivity in public services. Compared to measuring productivity in the private sector difficulties arise because the output of public services is often un-priced and because some public services are consumed collectively. A key problem is measuring the full range of outputs and quality improvements delivered by public sector organisations that are valued by society. Without comprehensive measures of output productivity statistics may be misleading. I outline methods used in the measurement of both private and public sector productivity and discuss the measurement of public sector productivity in pract...
Subjects
free text keywords: Productivity; Public enterprises, jel:D24, jel:H4, jel:L32
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