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Redistribution and Provision of Public Goods in an Economic Federation

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  • Aronsson, Thomas

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

  • Blomquist, Sören

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    (Department of Economics, Uppsala University, Box 513, SE – 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden)

Abstract

This paper concerns redistribution and provision of public goods in an economic federation with two levels of government: a local government in each locality and a central government for the economic federation as a whole. We assume that each locality is characterized by two ability-types (high and low), and that their distribution differs between localities. The set of policy instruments facing the central government consists of a nonlinear income tax and a lump-sum transfer to each local government, while the local governments use proportional income taxes and the transfers from the central government to finance the provision of local public goods. The purpose is to characterize the tax and expenditure structure in a decentralized setting, where the central and local governments have distinct roles to play, and also compare this tax and expenditure structure with the second best resource allocation. We show how the redistributive role of taxation is combined with a corrective role, since tax base sharing among the central and local governments gives rise to a vertical fiscal external effect. In addition, the central government does not in general implement the second best resource allocation with the instruments at its disposal.

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Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 636.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 19 Apr 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0636

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Keywords: Redistribution; fiscal external effects; nonlinear taxation;

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  1. Sören Blomquist & Vidar Christiansen, 2008. "Taxation and Heterogeneous Preferences," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 64(2), pages 218-244, June.
  2. Aronsson, Thomas & Blomquist, Sören, 2004. "Redistribution and Provision of Public Goods in an Economic Federation," Working Paper Series 2004:4, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  3. Blomquist, Sören & Micheletto, Luca, 2004. "Redistribution, In-Kind Transfers and Matching Grants when the Federal Government Lacks Information on Local Costs," Working Paper Series 2004:15, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  4. Aronsson, Thomas, 2010. "Optimal income taxation and decentralized fiscal federalism," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 40(4), pages 187-195, July.
  5. Granlund, David & Wikström, Magnus, 2013. "Public Provision and Cross-Border Health Care," HUI Working Papers 98, HUI Research.

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