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Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2017

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This second edition of Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean provides the latest available data on public administrations in the LAC region and compares it to OECD countries. It contains new indicators on public finances, centres of government, regulatory governance, open government, digital government and public procurement. This edition also includes a special feature on health budgeting.

After a decade of sustained economic growth reinforced by high commodity prices, economic conditions are deteriorating in the LAC region. In this context, LAC governments are expected to design and deliver more inclusive, transparent  and efficient policies. This report provides policy makers with performance measurements and offers comparative perspective. Good indicators are needed more than ever to help governments make informed decisions and tough choices, in order to  maintain progress and improvements in the region.

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Employment in the public sector

Government cannot operate without employees. These employees might be policy advisers, health and safety officers, teachers, doctors, police officers or scientists, just to mention a few public sector occupations. Their wages and benefits have direct influence on public sector production costs and provide a proxy of the size of government in the economy. Furthermore, the share of people working for the public sector provides an indication of how public services are delivered in a given country (direct provision vs outsourcing).

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