Fiscal Decentralization, Chinese Style: Good for Health Outcomes?
AbstractSummary This study analyzes the effect of fiscal decentralization on health outcomes in China using a panel data set with nationwide county-level fiscal data. We find that more fiscally decentralized provinces have lower infant mortality rates than provinces that are the main spending authority, if certain conditions are met. Key among those conditions are the county governments' own fiscal capacity and intergovernmental transfers. Local spending responsibilities need to be matched with county governments' own fiscal capacity. When the county's government relative spending responsibility is held constant, the ability to spend on local public goods and health outcomes depend upon intergovernmental transfers.
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Volume (Year): 37 (2009)
Issue (Month): 12 (December)
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- Jütting, Johannes P. & Uchimura, Hiroko, 2007. "Fiscal Decentralization, Chinese Style: Good for Health Outcomes?," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, GÃ¶ttingen 2007 16, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.
- Hiroko Uchimura & Johannes P. Jütting, 2007. "Fiscal Decentralisation, Chinese Style: Good for Health Outcomes?," OECD Development Centre Working Papers 264, OECD Publishing.
- H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
- H72 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Budget and Expenditures
- H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
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