This study says public spending in Philadelphia is super efficient - Generocity Philly


Apr. 5, 2016 10:31 am

This study says public spending in Philadelphia is super efficient

We were surprised, too.


(Photo by Flickr user Susan Smith, used under a Creative Commons license)

A recent study claims Philadelphia is the third-best city in terms of efficient public spending. Cue collective head scratching.

Let’s take a very, very brief look at some recent public spending dilemmas in Philadelphia:

Those expenses aren’t exactly representative of a city with the third-best public spending rates. The study, churned out by personal finance company WalletHub, ranked cities in accordance with three metrics:

  • Education ROI (Philadelphia is ranked no. 4).
  • Law Enforcement ROI (Philadelphia is ranked no. 10).
  • Parks and Recreation ROI (Philadelphia is ranked no. 7).

Not exactly meaty. According to the study, the researchers intended to include metrics for public transportation, infrastructure and health, but data for those metrics “were not available and therefore excluded” from the analysis.

“Although such limitations exist,” the study says, “efficient spending in the key areas accounted for in this report is a strong indicator for the level of efficiency in other expenditure categories.”

Needless to say, take this study with a grain of salt.

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