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Efficiency of Decentralized Road Investment and Pricing in a Multi-Jurisdictional City with Spillovers

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  • Jan K. Brueckner

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This paper shows that the inefficiency of fiscal decentralization in the presence of spillovers, a main tenet of the decentralization literature, is overturned in a particular transportation context. In a monocentric city where road (bridge) capacity is financed by budget-balancing user fees, decentralized capacity choices (made by individual zones within the city) generate the social optimum despite the presence of spillovers. This conclusion is closely tied to the famous self-financing theorem of transporation economics.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 4384.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_4384

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Keywords: decentralization; road pricing; congestion; spillovers;

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  1. Bruno DE BORGER & Stefan PROOST, 2013. "The political economy of pricing and capacity decisions for congestible local public goods in a federal state," Center for Economic Studies - Discussion papers ces13.16, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiƫn.

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