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Fiscal decentralization and government quality in the OECD

  • Kyriacou, Andreas P.
  • Roca-Sagalés, Oriol

Using indicators of fiscal decentralization which control for intergovernmental transfers and grants, it is shown that decentralization has a positive impact on government quality but that this positive effect is mitigated in the presence of regional elections and multi-level government.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 111 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 191-193

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