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Fiscal federalism and economic performance new evidence from Switzerland

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  • Burret, Heiko T.
  • Feld, Lars P.
  • Schaltegger, Christoph A.

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The link between fiscal federalism and economic performance is still ambiguous. Aiming at clarification, we improve on a widespread shortcoming by measuring fiscal federalism not just by one variable but by various institutions that constitute it. To this end, Switzerland provides for a laboratory as its 26 cantons share a common framework, while the extent of fiscal federalism varies between cantons and across time. By exploiting this setting, a two-way fixed-effects approach provides evidence for the expected heterogeneity: The impact of fiscal federalism on economic performance differs conditional on the federal instrument considered. Overall, instruments of competitive federalism appear to improve economic performance of the cantons, while for cooperative elements the effects are not unambiguously identified.

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  • Burret, Heiko T. & Feld, Lars P. & Schaltegger, Christoph A., 2022. "Fiscal federalism and economic performance new evidence from Switzerland," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 74(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:poleco:v:74:y:2022:i:c:s0176268021001300
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2021.102159
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    Keywords

    Fiscal federalism; Economic growth; Fiscal competition; Fiscal equalization;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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