Public services, government employment and the budget

dc.contributor.authorSachs, Michael
dc.contributor.authorEwinyu, Arabo K.
dc.contributor.authorShedi, Olwethu
dc.departmentSouthern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS)
dc.description.abstractThis report presents independent analysis using publicly available data on budgets, audited spending outcomes, and government plans for future expenditure. Our main concern is to draw inferences about the impact of budget choices on the allocation of real resources to core public services. The quantitative nature of budget choices means that, in contrast to other forms of policy expression, trade-offs between different policy goals are made clear and explicit. The report attempts to gauge the quantitative aspect of public policy in three respects. First, we identify the trends in real spending over the last two decades. Second, we use the budgets approved by parliament and provincial legislatures to gauge the impact of budget choices on real resource allocation over the next three years. Third, we present analysis of government pay and employment trends, which are strongly concentrated in the core public services that are our interest.
dc.description.librarianArabo K. Ewinyu
dc.description.sponsorshipSouthern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS)
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of the Witwatersrand
dc.facultyFaculty of Commerce, Law and Management
dc.identifier.citationSachs, M., Ewinyu, A.K. and Shedi, O. 2022. Public Services, Government Employment and the Budget. Public Economy Project. SCIS Working paper | Number 39.
dc.publisherSouthern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS)
dc.publisherUniversity of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPublic Economy Project; 39
dc.schoolSouthern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS)
dc.subjectPublic Economy
dc.subjectData on budgets
dc.subjectAudited spending outcomes
dc.subjectGovernment plans for future expenditure
dc.titlePublic services, government employment and the budget
dc.title.alternativeSocial Goods Report
dc.typeWorking Paper
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