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Fiscal Competition and the Pattern of Public Spending

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  • KEEN, Michael

    (Department of Economics, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester C04 3SQ and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK)

  • MARCHAND, Maurice

    (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain la Neuve, Belgium)

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Much attention has been given to the impact of fiscal competition on the level of public expenditure, but relatively little to the impact on its composition. Using a broadly familiar and reasonably rich model of fiscal competition in the presence of mobile capital, this paper establishes a systematic bias in public spending patterns: starting from the non-cooperative equilibrium, and holding tax rates constant, welfare would be improved by a coordinated reduction in the provision of local public inputs and a corresponding increase in the public provision of local public goods benefiting immobile consumers.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 1996001.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 1996
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:1996001

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