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Strategic Inter-Regional Transfers

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  • Jean Hindriks

    (Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London)

  • Gareth D. Myles

    (University of Exeter)

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In this paper we derive the equilibrium level of redistribution from one mobile factor (say, the rich or capital) to another possible mobile factor (say, the poor or labour) when regions choose both their inter-regional transfers and redistributive policies non-cooperatively. We find that inter-regional transfers are always desirable (to mitigate the fiscal competition) but cannot be sustained (as a Nash equilibrium) when chosen simultaneously with the redistributive policy. On the other hand, if regions can negotiate inter-regional transfers before setting their redistributive policy, the strategic effect of inter-regional transfers makes them sustainable. However there are also equilibria with partial or no inter-regional transfers at all. The effects of regional asymmetries are analyzed. Interestingly enough, evidence suggests that predictions of our model accord very closely with the pattern of transfers in the EU across member states.

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Paper provided by Queen Mary, University of London, School of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 417.

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Keywords: Inter-regional transfers; Mobility externality; Redistribution;

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  1. Jean, HINDRIKS & Susana, PERALTA & Sholmo, WEBER, 2006. "Competing in taxes and investment under fiscal equalization," Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) 2006062, Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques.
  2. Gareth D. MYLES, 2006. "Tax policy and European Union governance," Departmental Working Papers 2006-10, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
  3. Casella, Alessandra, 2005. "Redistribution policy: A European model," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(7), pages 1305-1331, July.
  4. Jean, HINDRIKS & Susana , PERALTA & Sholmo , WEBER, 2005. "Fiscal competition, revenue sharing, and policy-induced agglomeration," Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) 2005062, Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques.
  5. FIGUIÈRES, Charles & HINDRIKS, Jean, 2001. "Matching grants and Ricardian equivalence," CORE Discussion Papers 2001048, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  6. Jacques H. Drèze & Charles Figuières & Jean Hindriks, 2006. "Voluntary Matching Grants Can Forestall Social Dumping," CESifo Working Paper Series 1867, CESifo Group Munich.
  7. FIGUIÈRES, Charles & HINDRIKS, Jean & MYLES, Gareth D., 2001. "Revenue sharing versus expenditure sharing," CORE Discussion Papers 2001015, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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