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Impact de la décentralisation sur la taille du secteur public : le cas de la France

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  • Quentin Frère
  • Benoît Le Maux

This article makes an attempt to evaluate the impact of the French fiscal decentralization on total public expenditure level. We estimate the econometric model initiated by Oates [1972] on the 1960-2006 period, taking into account the various factors explaining government size (Wagner’s law, weaker economic growth, etc.). Our estimations results highlight three phenomena : (1) expenditure decentralization is associated with a smaller public sector ; (2) the 80’s transfer of responsibilities attenuated the negative effect of expenditure decentralization ; (3) tax revenue decentralization has a positive impact on government size.

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Article provided by Dalloz in its journal Revue d'économie politique.

Volume (Year): 120 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 509-538

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Handle: RePEc:cai:repdal:redp_203_0509
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