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A Note on Local Public Investment and Debt Limitation in a Federation

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  • Alfons J. Weichenrieder

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    (Goethe University Frankfurt, Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, and CESifo)

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The paper considers the local provision of public infrastructure in symmetric jurisdictions when population is mobile. It shows that an inflexible deficit limitation may result in too little local public investment if the population is mobile. Conversely, given the existence of migration externalities, implementing Musgrave’s pay as you use finance, according to which new debt should match net investment, can lead to optimal local investment.

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Article provided by Finnish Economic Association in its journal Finnish Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 22 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (Spring)
Pages: 3-8

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Handle: RePEc:fep:journl:v:22:y:2009:i:1:p:2-8

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  1. Marcel Thum & Thomas Fester & Andreas Kappler & Helmut Seitz, 2005. "Öffentliche Infrastruktur und kommunale Finanzen : Gutachten im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Verkehr, Bau- und Wohnungswesen und des Bundesamtes für Bauwesen und Raumordnung," ifo Dresden Studien, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, number 37.

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