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Subnational Governments in OECD countries: Key Data

 

 The OECD gathers and publishes annually updated data on subnational governments in 35 OECD member countries, including: 

  • the number of subnational governments by level and municipal size  
  • expenditure by economic function 
  • investment    
  • revenue
  • tax revenue
  • budget balance and debt

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  Cover: Subnational data in OECD Countries - Key data 2017

 

Subnational Governments around the World: Structure and Finance 

 

The  OECD, in partnership with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), gathers and publishes data on subnational governments from 101 countries, including: 
  • qualitative information on subnational government structure and responsibilities
  • macro-financial data assessing subnational government spending, investment, revenue and debt
  • financial indicators 
  • short comments on the structure of expenditure and investment (by type and economic function), revenue (tax, grants, user fees and property income, etc.) and the main characteristics of the debt and fiscal rules

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Background

Subnational governments are key economic and policy actors across OECD countries. Int the OECD area, they represent, on average, 40% of public expenditure63% of total public staff expenditure59% of public investment32% of public tax revenue and 20% of public debt. However, there are huge disparities across the OECD countries regarding the importance of subnational governments as economic and policy actors in regional development. 

 

The share of subnational governments in the general government sector‌

MLG: share of SNG

 ‌Source: OECD (2017), Subnational Governments in OECD Countries - Key Data, OECD Publishing, Paris

 

Subnational government expenditure by economic function

 

MLG: SNG breakdown

Source: OECD/UCLG (2016), Subnational Governments Around the World - Structure and Finance

 

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