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A note on public goods in a decentralized fiscal union: Implications of a participation constraint

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  • Aronsson, Thomas
  • Micheletto, Luca
  • Sjögren, Tomas

This paper re-examines the question of whether federal ex-post redistribution in terms of public funds leads to under-provision of public goods when member states may leave the economic federation. We show that federal ex-post redistribution under a binding participation constraint does not necessarily mean under-provision of local and federal public goods.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Urban Economics.

Volume (Year): 84 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 1-8

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Handle: RePEc:eee:juecon:v:84:y:2014:i:c:p:1-8
DOI: 10.1016/j.jue.2014.08.005
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