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The Tax Assignment Problem: Ruminations on How Theory and Practice Depend on History

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  • McLure, Charles E. Jr.
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    This paper discusses how the theory and the practice of tax assignment--which level of government should tax what, and how--depend on history. It describes the meaning and methods of tax assignment, reviews implications of Musgrave’s three-branch view of public finance, notes the importance of accretions to knowledge--of the technology of taxation and of the economic effects of taxation, speculates about how economic evolution affects the conventional wisdom on tax assignment, identifies questionable tax assignments found in various federations that are legacies of history, and emphasizes the danger of assuming "one size fits all" in tax assignment.

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    Article provided by National Tax Association in its journal National Tax Journal.

    Volume (Year): 54 (2001)
    Issue (Month): n. 2 (June)
    Pages: 339-64

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    Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:54:y:2001:i:n._2:p:339-64

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    1. Jorge Martinez-Vazquez & Cristian Sepúlveda, 2008. "The Municipal Transfer System in Nicaragua: Evaluation and Proposals for Reform," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper0801, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
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    3. Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, 2007. "Revenue Assignments in the Practice of Fiscal Decentralization," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper0709, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
    4. Sharma, Chanchal Kumar, 2010. "Beyond Gaps and Imbalances: Re-Structuring the Debate on Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations," MPRA Paper 32145, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Luca Gandullia, 2012. "The role of direct taxes in fiscal decentralization," DEP - series of economic working papers 6/2012, University of Genoa, Research Doctorate in Public Economics.
    6. Boadway, Robin & Tremblay, Jean-François, 2012. "Reassessment of the Tiebout model," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 96(11), pages 1063-1078.

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