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The impact of fiscal decentralization on growth, inflation and inequality in the Americas

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This paper analyses the impact of fiscal decentralization on economic growth, inflation and Gini coefficients in 12 countries of the Americas. The findings suggest that the positive impact of this process has been more modest than anticipated, with revenue decentralization having a detrimental effect on economic growth and expenditure decentralization a positive one in developing nations of the Americas. Regarding the impact on income inequality, the results indicate that fiscal decentralization can play an important role in reducing this, particularly on the revenue side, but when decentralization is analysed in developing nations of the Americas only, fiscal decentralization is shown to accentuate rather than mitigate income inequality, which highlights the significant amount of work that is yet to be done before this process delivers on expectations. The findings for the impact of fiscal decentralization on price stability are inconclusive.

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  • Bojanic, Antonio N., 2018. "The impact of fiscal decentralization on growth, inflation and inequality in the Americas," Revista CEPAL, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), April.
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    Keywords

    POLITICA FISCAL; ADMINISTRACION FISCAL; DESCENTRALIZACION GUBERNAMENTAL; CRECIMIENTO ECONOMICO; INFLACION; DISTRIBUCION DEL INGRESO; ESTABILIZACION DE PRECIOS; MEDICION; FISCAL POLICY; TAX ADMINISTRATION; DECENTRALIZATION IN GOVERNMENT; ECONOMIC GROWTH; INFLATION; INCOME DISTRIBUTION; PRICE STABILIZATION; MEASUREMENT;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O50 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - General

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