The Marginal Cost of Public Funds and the Flypaper Effect
AbstractA lump-sum intergovernmental transfer has a "price effect", as well as an "income effect", because it allows the recipient government to reduce its tax rate, which lowers its marginal cost of public funds, while still providing the same level of public service. This reduction in the effective price of providing the public service helps to explain the "flypaper effect" - the empirical observation that a lump-sum grant has a much larger effect on spending than an increase in personal income. Contrary to the assertions of Mieszkowski (1994) and Hines and Thaler (1995), a model of a benevolent local government financing its expenditures with a distortionary tax predicts flypaper effects from lump-sum grants that are similar to those observed in many econometric studies
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Alberta, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2009-17.
Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2009
Date of revision: 01 Jun 2010
flypaper effect; marginal cost of public funds; intergovernmental grants; fiscal federalism;
Other versions of this item:
- Bev Dahlby, 2011. "The marginal cost of public funds and the flypaper effect," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 18(3), pages 304-321, June.
- H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
- H72 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Budget and Expenditures
- H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
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- NEP-ALL-2009-04-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-PBE-2009-04-05 (Public Economics)
- NEP-PUB-2009-04-05 (Public Finance)
- NEP-URE-2009-04-05 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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