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Togetheror separately? Issues on the costs and benefits of political and fiscal unions

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  • Alesina, Alberto
  • Perotti, Roberto
  • Spolaore, Enrico

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Around the world one observes a tendency toward political separatism. The economic literature generally (but not always) emphasizes several benefits of large fiscal (and, therefore, political) jurisdictions. In this paper we discuss several politico-economic arguments which reconcile this tension between “normative†economic models and empirical observations.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 39 (1995)
Issue (Month): 3-4 (April)
Pages: 751-758

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Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:39:y:1995:i:3-4:p:751-758

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