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Local governments’ fiscal balance and privatization in transition countries

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  • Ernesto Crivelli

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Several transition economies have undertaken fiscal decentralization reforms over the past two decades along with liberalization, privatization, and stabilization reforms. Theory predicts that decentralization may aggravate fiscal imbalances, unless the right incentives are in place to promote fiscal discipline. This paper uses a panel of 20 transition countries over 19 years to address a central question of fact: Did privatization help to promote local governments’ fiscal discipline? The answer is clearly ‘no’ for privatization considered in isolation. However, privatization and subnational fiscal autonomy along with reforms to the banking system - restraining access to soft financing - may prove effective at improving fiscal balances among local governments.

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Article provided by The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in its journal Economics of Transition.

Volume (Year): 20 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 677-703

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  1. Yasna Cortés Garriga & Dusan Paredes Araya, 2013. "El Fondo Común Municipal: ¿Cuál es el rol en la Convergencia de Ingresos Locales?," Documentos de Trabajo en Economia y Ciencia Regional 45, Universidad Catolica del Norte, Chile, Department of Economics, revised Apr 2013.

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