Economic Risk and Political Risk in Fiscal Unions
A fiscal program that redistributes income from rich to poor individuals indirectly redistributes tax revenues from regions hit by a favorable shock to regions hit by an unfavorable one. Centralized fiscal redistribution has therefore been advocated as a way to insure individuals against region-specific shocks. In this paper, the authors argue that a centralized fiscal policy, while reducing the uncertainty on the tax base, may create additional uncertainty on the tax rate. Using a simple model they show that the higher uncertainty on the policy instrument might more than offset the lower uncertainty on the tax base.
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Volume (Year): 108 (1998)
Issue (Month): 449 (July)
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