Computerization, Accounting Transparency and Competitiveness of Public Administration: A Regional Analysis

33 Pages Posted: 15 May 2010

Date Written: July 10, 2009

Abstract

The aim of this work is to provide information of use in evaluating Italian local public entities from two angles. 1) computerization and supply of web-services; 2) “accounting transparency” and use of accounting information for internal control and benchmarking. The analysis is based on data gathered periodically by the Bank of Italy. In order to give a broader view of the quality of Italian public administration, the outcome of the analysis is compared with the Formez research on business activity policies, employment policies and territorial competitiveness policies. The computerization index shows a better performance by northern regions. The “accounting transparency” index, based on SIOPE data, instead reveals that geographical location is not a crucial determinant of the performance gap between Italian regions.

Keywords: public administration, competitiveness, computerization

JEL Classification: H11, R28, R58

Suggested Citation

Arpaia, Carlo Maria and Doronzo, Raffaele and Ferro, Pasquale, Computerization, Accounting Transparency and Competitiveness of Public Administration: A Regional Analysis (July 10, 2009). Bank of Italy Occasional Paper No. 48, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1605198 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1605198

Carlo Maria Arpaia

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

Raffaele Doronzo (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

Pasquale Ferro

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

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