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Fiscal Decentralization and Economic Growth in OECD Countries: Is there a Relationship?

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  • Thushyanthan Baskaran
  • Lars P. Feld

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We study the relationship between fiscal decentralization and economic growth for 23 OECD countries from 1975 to 2001 by using new panel data on sub-federal tax autonomy. While initial estimations suggest that fiscal decentralization causes lower growth rates, we find that this result is not robust to alternative specifications. We also fail to obtain evidence for a negative relationship in a number of additional robustness checks. We thus conclude that fiscal decentralization is unrelated to economic growth.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2721.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Keywords: fiscal federalism; sub-national fiscal autonomy; tax competition;

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  1. Andreas Bühn & Christian Lessmann & Gunther Markwardt, 2011. "Decentralization and the Shadow Economy: Oates Meets Allingham-Sandmo," CESifo Working Paper Series 3551, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Chen, Yu-Fu & Funke, Michael, 2009. "Booms, Recessions and Financial Turmoil: A Fresh Look at Investment Decisions under Cyclical Uncertainty," SIRE Discussion Papers 2009-31, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
  3. Libman, Alexander, 2010. "Constitutions, regulations, and taxes: Contradictions of different aspects of decentralization," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 38(4), pages 395-418, December.
  4. Serhan Cevik, 2011. "Policy Coordination in Fiscal Federalism," IMF Working Papers 11/147, International Monetary Fund.
  5. Jungmittag, Andre, 2014. "Der Trade-off zwischen deutschen Direktinvestitionen und Exporten: Wie wichtig sind die verschiedenen Dimensionen der Distanz?," Working Paper Series: Business and Law 04, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Business and Law.
  6. Nasir Iqbal & Musleh ud Din & Ejaz Ghani, 2013. "Fiscal Decentralisation and Economic Growth: Role of Democratic Institutions," PIDE-Working Papers 2013:89, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
  7. Aristovnik, Aleksander, 2012. "Fiscal decentralization in Eastern Europe: a twenty-year perspective," MPRA Paper 39316, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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