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On the Design and Effectiveness of Targeted Expenditure Programs

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  • Ehtisham Ahmad
  • Leonardo Martinez

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This paper argues that both horizontal and intertemporal competition among recipient governments are needed in order to ensure incentives for effective utilization of targeted transfers. This has implications for budgeting frameworks and the types of information needed that might be amenable to formal contracting between the levels of government.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 04/220.

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Length: 14
Date of creation: 01 Nov 2004
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:04/220

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Keywords: Transfer of real resources; Government expenditures; Fiscal management; Economic models; local government; local governments; local government officials; intergovernmental relations; local taxation;

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  1. Ping Zhang & E. Tandberg & Ehtisham Ahmad, 2002. "On National or Supranational Objectives," IMF Working Papers 02/209, International Monetary Fund.
  2. Bengt Holmstrom, 1999. "Managerial Incentive Problems: A Dynamic Perspective," NBER Working Papers 6875, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Ehtisham Ahmad & Li Keping & Raju Jan Singh & Thomas J. Richardson, 2002. "Recentralization in China?," IMF Working Papers 02/168, International Monetary Fund.
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Cited by:
  1. Martinez Leonardo, 2009. "Reputation, Career Concerns, and Job Assignments," The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, De Gruyter, De Gruyter, vol. 9(1), pages 1-29, May.
  2. Leonardo Martinez, 2006. "Reputation and Career Concerns," 2006 Meeting Papers, Society for Economic Dynamics 853, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  3. Andrew Foerster & Leonardo Martinez, 2006. "Are we working too hard or should we be working harder? A simple model of career concerns," Economic Quarterly, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue Win, pages 79-91.

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