What Motivates Local Governments to Be Efficient? Evidence from Philippine Cities

Distor, Charmaine and Khaltar, Odkhuu, (2022). What Motivates Local Governments to Be Efficient? Evidence from Philippine Cities. Sustainability, 14(15), 9426-9441

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    Author Distor, Charmaine
    Khaltar, Odkhuu
    Title What Motivates Local Governments to Be Efficient? Evidence from Philippine Cities
    Appearing in Sustainability   Check publisher's open access policy
    Volume 14
    Issue No. 15
    Publication Date 2022-08-01
    Place of Publication Basel
    Publisher MDPI
    Start page 9426
    End page 9441
    Language eng
    Abstract This study sought to identify the drivers of local government efficiency by investigating three key motivations: internal capacity, rewards for good performance, and compliance with the national government. This paper studied the business registration efficiency cases of 141 highly urbanized and component cities in the Philippines using the cities and municipalities competitiveness index dataset from 2017 to 2019. It was found that capacity-related factors are the most influential in motivating Philippine cities to be more efficient in their business registration processes. Having a higher institutional capacity, higher public service experiences, and good technology infrastructure contribute immensely to better service delivery. Compliance with the national government’s directions on public service standards also positively influences efficiency. In addition, it was confirmed that these factors may appear differently, depending on cities’ size statuses. Other policy implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.
    Keyword local government
    business registration efficiency
    capacity-reward-compliance framework
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISSN 2071-1050
    ISBN 97830394559
    DOI 10.3390/su14159426
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