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The Theory and Practice of Equalization

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  • Robin Boadway

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    (Department of Economics, Queen's University)

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This paper presents a selective and non-technical survey of the role of intergovernmental equalization transfers as a device for achieving efficiency in the allocation of labor across regions in a decentralized nation, and for achieving fiscal equity among residents of various regions. We discuss some of the issues that arise in attempting to put the principles of equalization into practice.

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Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1016.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2003
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Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:1016

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Keywords: Equalization; Intergovernmental Transfers;

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  1. Sam Bucovetsky & Michael Smart, 2002. "The Efficiency Consequences of Local Revenue Equalization: Tax Competition and Tax Distortions," CESifo Working Paper Series 767, CESifo Group Munich.
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