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Fiscal Illusion and the Australian Local Government Grants Process: How Sticky Is the Flypaper Effect?

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  • Worthington, Andrew C
  • Dollery, Brian E

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It has been argued that evidence supporting the widely documented flypaper effect is a statistical artifact; more specifically that previous studies are compromised by the use of inappropriate functional forms and the endogeneity of intergovernmental grant programs. While the first issue may be resolved with careful econometric testing, the second requires the incorporation of institutional constraints into governmental expenditure equations. Combining Australian local government expenditure equations and intergovernmental grant parameters, the flypaper controversy is analyzed. Empirical results confirm the sensitivity of the flypaper effect to specification and tests of fit unambiguously favor one functional form. That specification yields no evidence of a flypaper effect in the Australian institutional milieu. Copyright 1999 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Worthington, Andrew C & Dollery, Brian E, 1999. "Fiscal Illusion and the Australian Local Government Grants Process: How Sticky Is the Flypaper Effect?," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 99(1-2), pages 1-13, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:99:y:1999:i:1-2:p:1-13
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    4. Roberto Dell'Anno & Morena De Stefano, 2014. "Un indicatore sintetico dell’Illusione Finanziaria. Un tentativo di stima per l’Italia," ECONOMIA PUBBLICA, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2014(1), pages 65-92.
    5. Hammed Amusa & Robert Mabunda & Ramos Mabugu, 2008. "Fiscal Illusion At The Local Sphere: An Empirical Test Of The Flypaper Effect Using South African Municipal Data," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 76(3), pages 443-465, September.
    6. Yihua Yu & Jing Wang & Xi Tian, 2016. "Identifying the Flypaper Effect in the Presence of Spatial Dependence: Evidence from Education in China's Counties," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47(1), pages 93-110, March.
    7. Marcel Thum & Thomas Fester & Andreas Kappler & Helmut Seitz, 2005. "Öffentliche Infrastruktur und kommunale Finanzen : Gutachten im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Verkehr, Bau- und Wohnungswesen und des Bundesamtes für Bauwesen und Raumordnung," ifo Dresden Studien, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, number 37.
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