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Fiscal Decentralization and Deficits : International Evidence

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  • Bilin Neyapti

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This paper investigates macroeconomic effects of fiscal decentralization, which has been a neglected area of research. Panel evidence for 16 countries over 1980-1998 indicates that expenditure and revenue decentralization reduce budget deficits. A principal finding is that the fiscal disciplining effect of fiscal decentralization increases with population size. Interestingly, absence of local elections is associated with greater effectiveness of fiscal decentralization. The benefits of expenditure decentralization decrease with ethnolinguistic fractionalization and quality of governance.

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Paper provided by Bilkent University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 0802.

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