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Centralized or decentralized financing of local governments? Consequences for efficiency and inequality of service provision

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  • Lars-Erik Borge

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    (Department of Economics and Centre for Economic Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

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Compared with most countries the Norwegian system of financing local governments is highly centralized. Grants make up a substantial part of revenues and local taxes are highly regulated by the center. The development of the system was motivated by a desire to equalize service provision throughout the country. The purpose of this paper is to analyze possible consequences of more decentralized financing with local tax discretion. Contrary to the conventional wisdom the analysis indicates that decentralized financing is likely to give more equal provision of local public services. In addition, substantial efficiency gains can be obtained.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in its series Working Paper Series with number 7806.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 06 Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:nst:samfok:7806

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Keywords: Centralized financing; Decentralized financing; Tax discretion; Efficiency gains; Equalization;

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  1. Izabela Karpowicz, 2012. "Narrowing Vertical Fiscal Imbalances in Four European Countries," IMF Working Papers 12/91, International Monetary Fund.

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