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Regional Taxing and Spending: The Search for Balance

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  • R. Ross Mackay
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    The financial settlement has been described as the key to devolution. Public spending above tax in Scotland and Wales has been criticized. Public spending is above tax in seven UK regions, including four English regions. If we treat equal citizens equally, public spending will be above tax in poorer regions. There is nothing extraordinary about spending above tax, but there are important questions with regard to regional levels of expenditure. In four regions (London, South East, Scotland and Northern Ireland) public expenditure is well above the level expected for their degree of prosperity. This article provides possible explanations.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 563-575

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:35:y:2001:i:6:p:563-575

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    Keywords: Devolution; Public Spending; Automatic Stabilizers; Equity;

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    1. Giovanni MELINA & Stefania VILLA, 2012. "Fiscal policy and lending relationships," Center for Economic Studies - Discussion papers ces12.06, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën.
    2. Peter Gripaios, 2002. "Regional Spending: A Comment on MacKay," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(6), pages 685-689.
    3. Yannis Psycharis, 2008. "Public Spending Patterns: the regional allocation of public investment in Greece by political period," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 14, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    4. Peter Gripaios, 2002. "The Failure of Regeneration Policy in Britain," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(5), pages 568-577.
    5. David Pickernell & Mark Mcgovern, 2002. "Begging Bowl Meets Baseball Bat? Lessons for the UK from the Australian Fiscal Model," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(6), pages 703-707.
    6. Cristiano Cantore & Paul Levine & Giovanni Melina, 2011. "A Fiscal Stimulus and Jobless Recovery," School of Economics Discussion Papers 1111, School of Economics, University of Surrey.
    7. David Heald & John Short, 2002. "The Regional Dimension of Public Expenditure in England," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(7), pages 743-755.
    8. Edgar Morgenroth, 2007. "The Regional Dimension of Taxes and Public Expenditure in Ireland," Papers WP195, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

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