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Fiscal Structures and Economic Growth at the State and Local Level

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  • Stephen M. Miller

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Frank S. Russek

    (Congressional Budget Office)

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State and local governments have recently experienced severe budget problems. Many state legislatures and governors have cut spending or raised taxes. Such changes in fiscal structure may restore fiscal balance, but they can have adverse consequences on state and local economic growth. This article examines the relationship between the fiscal structure of state and local government and economic growth in these jurisdictions. Several general conclusions emerge from our analysis. Corporate income taxes play too small a role in state and local finance, and sales taxes too large a role. Education, transportation, and public safety expenditures may receive too much of the fiscal pie.

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Volume (Year): 25 (1997)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 213-237

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Handle: RePEc:sae:pubfin:v:25:y:1997:i:2:p:213-237

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  1. Wahab, Mahmoud, 2011. "Asymmetric output growth effects of government spending: Cross-sectional and panel data evidence," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 20(4), pages 574-590, October.
  2. M E Haque & D H Kim, 2003. "Public Investment in Transportation and Communication and Growth: A Dynamic Panel Approach," The School of Economics Discussion Paper Series 0324, Economics, The University of Manchester.
  3. Stephen M. Miller & Mukti P. Upadhyay, 1997. "The Effects of Trade Orientation and Human Capital on Total Factor Productivity," Working papers 1997-07, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
  4. W. Robert Reed & Cynthia L. Rogers, 2005. "Tax Cuts and Employment Growth in New Jersey: Lessons From a Regional Analysis," Urban/Regional 0506010, EconWPA.
  5. Adrienn Erős, 2010. "Long Run Growth Effects of Fiscal Policy - a Case Study of Hungary," Theory Methodology Practice (TMP), Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc, vol. 5(01), pages 11-17.
  6. K C Neanidis & D Varvarigos, 2005. "The Impact of Foreign Aid on Economic Growth: Volatility of Disbursements and Distribution of Receipts," Centre for Growth and Business Cycle Research Discussion Paper Series 56, Economics, The Univeristy of Manchester.
  7. Ojede, Andrew & Yamarik, Steven, 2012. "Tax policy and state economic growth: The long-run and short-run of it," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 116(2), pages 161-165.

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