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Fiscal decentralisation and the quality of public services in Russian regions

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  • Alexander Plekhanov

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    (European Bank of Reconstruction and Development)

  • Lev Freinkman

    (World Bank)

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The paper provides empirical analysis of the relationship between fiscal decentralisation and the quality of public services in the Russian regions. The analysis suggests that fiscal decentralisation has no significant effect on the key inputs into secondary education, such as schools, computers, or availability of pre-schooling, but has a significant positive effect on average examination results, controlling for key observable inputs and regional government spending on education. Decentralisation also has a positive impact on the quality of municipal utilities provision. Both effects can be attributed to strengthened fiscal incentives rather than to superior productive efficiency of municipal governments.

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Paper provided by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Office of the Chief Economist in its series Working Papers with number 111.

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Keywords: decentralisation; education; utilities; public services; Russian regions;

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Cited by:
  1. Alexander Plekhanov & Asel Isakova, 2011. "Region-specific constraints to doing business: evidence from Russia," Working Papers 125, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Office of the Chief Economist.
  2. Eller, Markus & Fidrmuc, Jarko & Fungácová , Zuzana, 2013. "Fiscal policy and regional output volatility: Evidence from Russia," BOFIT Discussion Papers 13/2013, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.
  3. World Bank, 2011. "Russian federation : Social Expenditure and Fiscal Federalism in Russia," World Bank Other Operational Studies 2735, The World Bank.
  4. Dr M Moses Antony Rajendran, 2012. "Fiscal And Power Decentralization In Planning Impacts On Educational Development In Universities," Far East Journal of Marketing and Management, Far East Research Centre, vol. 2(2), pages 14-24, December.

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