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Government at a Glance

Latin America and the Caribbean 2014: Towards Innovative Public Financial Management

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Latin American and Caribbean Government at a Glance offers a dashboard of more than 30 indicators to help decision makers and citizens analyze and benchmark government performance both within the LAC region and compared to the OECD countries. The publication focuses in four broad areas: budgeting practices; public sector pay and employment; public procurement and public finances. Furthermore, the policy chapter deepens in the budgetary and fiscal innovations which have taken place for the LAC region in the past years.

Despite the fact that the LAC region has not been so badly affected by the recent Global and Financial crisis, the Latin American an Carribbean Government at a Glance argues that governments need to be more inclusive, transparent, receptive and efficient. For that, they need to improve among other budgetary, employment and procurement practices, as well as increase the transparency levels.

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Methodology and additional notes on compensation of government employees

Compensation plays an important role in both attracting and motivating qualified workers in the public sector. In 2010, the OECD launched a database, updated in 2012, on compensation levels for typical occupations in central government in core ministries that contributes to a better understanding of the salary structures and pay levels in the public sector. In 2013, this survey was sent to LAC countries, for the first time. In addition to Mexico and Chile, OECD member countries, seven new countries replied: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.

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