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Matching Grants and Ricardian Equivalence

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  • Charles Figuieres

    (CORE)

  • Jean Hindriks

    (Queen Mary, University of London)

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This paper questions the effectiveness of matching grants to correct for interjurisdictional spillovers in the light of Bernheim general neutrality result. Indeed this result suggests that the usual argument that matching grants are needed to internalize the externality arising from the existence of interjuridictional spillovers is an artifact of the assumption that jurisdictions neglect the impact that their decisions have on the federal budget. Relaxing this assumption and using a classical model where the arbitrage resulting from labor mobility implies that redistribution has the properties of a public good, we find that matching grants are relevant although much less effective. We also find that optimal matching rates are independent of the jurisdictions' choice of policy variable contrarily to the case where jurisdictions ignore the impact of their decisions on the federal budget.

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Paper provided by Queen Mary, University of London, School of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 440.

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Keywords: Fiscal federalism; Ricardian equivalence; Matching grants;

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  1. Bloch, Francis & Zenginobuz, E. Unal, 2006. "Tiebout equilibria in local public good economies with spillovers," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 90(8-9), pages 1745-1763, September.
  2. DREZE, Jacques H. & FIGUIERES, Charles & HINDRIKS, Jean, 2006. "Voluntary matching grants can forestall social dumping," CORE Discussion Papers 2006111, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  3. Hikaru Ogawa, 2006. "Tax competition, spillovers, and subsidies," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 40(4), pages 849-858, December.
  4. Robert Fenge & Volker Meier, 2006. "Subsidies for Wages and Infrastructure: How to Restrain Undesired Immigration," CESifo Working Paper Series 1741, CESifo Group Munich.

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