Yardstick competition, fiscal disparities, and equalization
AbstractThe theory of political yardstick competition states that a comparison of public service levels and tax rates with those in nearby jurisdictions can provide voters with a useful instrument to assess politicians’ performance. However, we argue that fiscal disparities bias this yardstick, and that this bias may be removed through fiscal equalization.
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Yardstick competition; Fiscal disparities; Equalization;
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