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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General government tax revenues

The capacity to tax their citizens is one of governments’ core attributes. Revenues collected from taxes represent the most important source of public funds and are crucial to provide public goods and services, guarantee government operations, undertake public investments and a higher or lower degree of income redistribution. As a general trend, during the last two decades, LAC countries increased their tax collection, strengthened tax administrations and attempted to curb tax evasion (OECD/ECLAC/CIAT/IDB 2016).

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