Tobin Meets Oates: Solidarity and the Optimal Fiscal Federal Structure
AbstractWe explore the implications for the optimal degree of fiscal decentralization when peoples preferences for goods and services, which classic treatments of fiscal federalism (Oates, 1972) place in the purview of local governments, exhibit specific egalitarianism (Tobin, 1970), or solidarity. We find that a system in which the central government provides a common minimum level of the publicly provided good, and local governments are allowed to use their own resources to provide an even higher local level, performs better from an efficiency perspective relative to all other systems analyzed for a relevant range of preferences over solidarity.
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Fiscal decentralization; specific egalitarianism; solidarity; externalities;
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- Xavier Calsamiglia & Teresa Garcia-Milà & Therese J. McGuire, 2010. "Tobin meets Oates: Solidarity and the optimal fiscal federal structure," Economics Working Papers 1226, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
- H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods
- H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
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