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Asymmetric and Non-Linear Adjustments in Local Fiscal Policy

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  • Gabriella Legrenzi

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    (Keele University, Centre for Economic Research and School of Economic and Management Studies)

  • Costas Milas

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    (Keele University, Centre for Economic Research and School of Economic and Management Studies)

Abstract

We introduce possible asymmetries and non-linearities in the analysis of the taxing and spending decisions of local governments. Our empirical results evidence a down-ward inflexibility of both local government spending and taxation, pointing to a budget-maximizing local government. These asymmetries will need to be explicitly tackled in fiscal federalism reforms, in order for decentralization to positively contribute to the achievement of the European Monetary Union objectives.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Research, Keele University in its series Keele Economics Research Papers with number KERP 2006/16.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2006
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Handle: RePEc:kee:kerpuk:2006/16

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Keywords: Fiscal federalism; non-linear time series; asymmetric adjustment; fly-paper effect;

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  1. Elena Gennari & Giovanna Messina, 2012. "How sticky are local expenditures in Italy? Assessing the relevance of the “flypaper effect” through municipal data," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 844, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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