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Issues in Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in China

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  • Era Dabla-Norris
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    The paper reviews the changing nature of intergovernmental fiscal relations between the provinces and the central government in China over the past two decades and provides an assessment of the success of previous reforms in meeting their objectives. Key existing weaknesses in the current system that undermine these objectives are identified. Alternative instruments, procedures, rules, and incentives that could result in better outcomes are outlined by drawing upon relevant cross-country experiences.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 05/30.

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    Length: 28
    Date of creation: 01 Feb 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:05/30

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    Keywords: Intergovernmental fiscal relations; Income distribution; expenditure; expenditures; expenditure assignments; fiscal relations; intergovernmental fiscal; public expenditure; intergovernmental transfers; taxation; fiscal policy; expenditure responsibilities; tax system; fiscal management; fiscal decentralization; fiscal system; budget constraints; tax administration; tax reforms; expenditure management; budget constraint; expenditure needs; tax revenues; fiscal disparities; tax reform; fiscal federalism; local revenues; budget process; budget revenues; public expenditure management; fiscal discipline; expenditure mandates; capital expenditures; public expenditures; fiscal contracting system; tax rebates; horizontal fiscal disparities; fiscal activities; fiscal accountability; debt service; fiscal behavior; budget law; assignment of expenditure responsibilities; fiscal responsibility; fiscal contracting; intergovernmental transfer; fiscal transfers; local budgets; subnational expenditure; fiscal disparities across regions; public spending; fiscal contract; fiscal deficits; expenditure management systems; accumulation of arrears; fiscal spending; fiscal sustainability; fiscal adjustments; fiscal risks; tax burden; quasi-fiscal deficits; fiscal reforms; state budget; local expenditures; fiscal resources; fiscal capacity; fiscal incentives; government revenue; fiscal position; national budget; expenditure share; governmental fiscal relations; expenditure capacity; intergovernmental fiscal transfers; revenue collection; fiscal arrangements; local taxes; budgetary control; central fiscal; tax policy; fiscal stimulus; intergovernmental fiscal arrangements; budget management system; budgetary expenditures; fiscal reform; fiscal contract system; budget deficits; fiscal operations; fiscal pressures; tax systems; budget management; fiscal resource; fiscal distress; budget expenditures; budgetary funds; expenditure requirements; fiscal responsibility law; total expenditures; provincial expenditure; fiscal capacities; tax collections; budgetary implications; fiscal powers;

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    1. West, Loraine A & Wong, Christine P W, 1995. "Fiscal Decentralization and Growing Regional Disparities in Rural China: Some Evidence in the Provision of Social Services," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 11(4), pages 70-84, Winter.
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    Cited by:
    1. Uchimura, Hiroko & Jütting, Johannes P., 2009. "Fiscal Decentralization, Chinese Style: Good for Health Outcomes?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 37(12), pages 1926-1934, December.
    2. Jiwei Lou & Shuilin Wang, 2008. "Public Finance in China : Reform and Growth for a Harmonious Society," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6360, October.
    3. Shah, Anwar, 2005. "Fiscal decentralization and fiscal performance," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3786, The World Bank.

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