Regional Development

Subnational Public Finance


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In the OECD, subnational governments - states, regions, municipalities - account for 40% of total public expenditure and 57% of total public investment in their countries. Subnational governments are key actors in public spending and investment, as well as in raising revenues and borrowing. 

 Subnational Governments in OECD Countries: Key Data (Brochure | Database)

Key Data on Local and Regional Governments in the European Union (Brochure)

World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment (SNG-WOFI)



Regional Government Finance and Investment in the OECD and EU: New Pilot Database and Report

The OECD, with the support of the European DG REGIO of the European Commission, has developed a new and unique pilot database: the Regional Government Finance and Investment Database (REGOFI). It provides comparative data on regional government accounts in 24 countries, covering a total of 494 regional governments in the OECD and the European Union. Data are accessible online, including standardised indicators on regional government expenditure, revenue, investment, and debt, over the period 2010-16. The database is accompanied by a technical report that presents key findings.

Uncovering the Unknown: Spending Indicators on Municipal Decision-making Authority (Forthcoming)

This upcoming working paper presents findings on the degree of spending autonomy at municipal level in 32 unitary EU and OECD countries, using new databases and indicators. This is the first municipal-level comparative study on spending autonomy using these data. The paper also analyses municipal spending shares of general government expenditures in different sectors, using a sectoral breakdown of national accounts.





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