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Sub-national Revenue Mobilization in Peru

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  • Gustavo Canavire-Bacarreza
  • Jorge Martinez-Vazquez
  • Cristian Sepulveda

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This paper analyzes the problem of sub-national revenue mobilization in Peru and proposes several policy reforms to improve collection performance while maintaining a sound revenue structure. In particular, the paper analyzes the current revenues of regional and municipal governments and identifies the main priorities for reform. Among the most important problems are the acute inequalities and inefficiencies associated with revenue sharing from extractive industries. These revenues represent a significant share of sub-national budgets and currently they are distributed without consideration of the relative expenditure needs or fiscal capacity of sub-national units. In order to address this problem, the paper proposes the incorporation of a measure of fiscal capacity into the formula of the FONCOMUN, the municipal equalization transfer program. Other reforms explored include the reassignment of revenue sources between municipal provincial and district governments and the assignment of new taxes to regional governments.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4768.

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Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4768

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  1. Roy Bahl & Musharraf Cyan, 2010. "Tax Assignment: Does the Practice Match the Theory?," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1004, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
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  1. Roy Bahl & Richard M. Bird, 2014. "Decentralization and Infrastructure: Principles and Practice," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1408, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  2. Baja Daza, Gover & Villarroel Böhrt, Sergio & Zavaleta Castellón, David, 2012. "Diseño institucional e incentivos implicitos en la descentralización Boliviana (1994-2008)
    [Institutional design and implicit incentives in Bolivia's decentralization model (1994-2008)]
    ," MPRA Paper 48598, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, 2013. "Fiscal Decentralization in Peru: A Perspective on Recent Developments and Future Challenges," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1324, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.

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