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Financial management and service delivery: a nonparametric analysis for Indian cities
Published in Springer Verlag
Volume: 54
Issue: 3
Pages: 721 - 751
The main objective of the paper is to assess the performance of urban local governments in India taking the physical levels of services provided by them as the ‘outputs’ and the expenditures on resources to provide these services as ‘inputs’ in an integrated framework and pinpoint some possible sources of mis-utilization of resources. We use nonparametric two-stage data envelopment analysis technique to derive the efficiency scores, with a subsequent analysis of slacks associated with the optimization exercise which quantifies the extent of mis-utilization of resources. The main findings suggest that the city governments can provide the same levels of services by using resources lesser by 27 \% of what they currently use. We also find that the extent of unproductive spending and under-provision of services are more pronounced in smaller cities. Mis-utilization of resources in factors like establishment and laborcost is more pronounced as the establishment expenditures and contractual payments in the laborcost component involve more leakages. © 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
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