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Government and Cities: Contests and the Decentralization of Decision Making

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  • Ira N. Gang

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    (Rutgers University)

  • Gil S. Epstein

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    (Bar Ilan University)

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Governments do not have perfect information regarding the priorities and the needs of different groups in the economy. This lack of knowledge opens the door for different groups to lobby the government in order to receive the government’s support. We set up a model of hierarchical contests and compare the implications of a centralized allocation process with a decentralized allocation process. We show the potential existence of a poverty trap as a result of fiscal federalism.

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Paper provided by Rutgers University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 200215.

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Keywords: Economic-Models-of-the-Political-Process; fiscal federalism; Intergovernmental-Relations; rent-seeking;

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Cited by:
  1. Gang, Ira N. & Epstein, Gil S., 2004. "Understanding the Development of Fundamentalism," IZA Discussion Papers 1227, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Gil S. Epstein & Ira N. Gang, 2006. "Contests, NGOs, and Decentralizing Aid," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 10(2), pages 285-296, 05.

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