Studie von: Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung
Auftraggeber: Public Policy and Management Institute
The institutional set-up of fiscal and administrative federalism in Austria is the subject of an enduring substantial critique.
Empirical studies identify the complexity of overlapping competences combined with a lack of fiscal transparency and accountability
as a major source of inefficiencies in the provision of public services. The purpose of this project is to improve technical
capacities for assessing and benchmarking public spending efficiency across sub-national governments. The project will take
stock of and define appropriate input and output indicators to measure public spending efficiency in selected public spending
areas, employing data from national accounts and numerous other sources. In a further step the project will derive an appropriate
analytical model to measure and benchmark spending efficiency in the selected areas across sub-national entities.
We investigate which changes people in the Lower Austrian regions are currently experiencing in the areas of life, work, housing
and mobility, how they are actually feeling today and what they expect for the future. In addition to the subjective aspects
of the quality of life collected through a survey, objective indicators appropriate to the subject areas are also included
in the study and jointly analysed. In addition to the topic "youth", particular attention is paid to regional differences
between the desires of Lower Austrians for the future, for example between urban and rural regions or, which is particularly
relevant in Lower Austria, between the surrounding regions of Vienna and other sub-regions.