Why do differences in the degree of fiscal decentralization endure?
AbstractA notable difference between the U.S. and many countries in Europe is in the degree of fiscal decentralization. Regional (and local) governments in the U.S. have significant autonomy in setting their own taxes and determining how to spend their revenues. This is not true of their counterparts in Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic and many other European countries. In recent years, many countries formerly subject to dictatorships or communism have been considering decentralizing fiscal responsibility to sub-national governments as part of the process of democratization (see Bird and Ebel, forthcoming). Yet, much of Europe remains immune to adopting effective decentralization in which sub-national units have true taxing authority.
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Fiscal decentralization; regional solidarity; efficiency; preferences for equality;
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- Xavier Calsamiglia & Teresa Garcia-Milà & Therese J. McGuire, 2006. "Why do Differences in the Degree of Fiscal Decentralization Endure?," CESifo Working Paper Series 1877, CESifo Group Munich.
- Xavier Calsamiglia & Teresa Garcia-Milà & Therese McGuire, 2004. "Why do Differences in the Degree of Fiscal Decentralization Endure?," Working Papers 193, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
- H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
- H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods
- H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
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