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Inflation-Output Efficiency in Lowering High Cost Economy : A Comparative Study of Several Provinces in Indonesia

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  • Betta Y.
  • Eugenia Mardanugraha
  • Chaikal Nuryakin

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia)

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As more countries embrace decentralization, economists have been debating its impact on economic growth. They use both single and cross country empirical data and find mixed evidences. Indonesia is one recent example of country’s migration transition from a centralized regime to a decentralized one. It is unique for its scope, scale and time of preparation. The country had only less than two years of preparation to abandon three decades of a centralized system. Decentralization meant that the central government devolved almost all public service functions all at once to 367 sub-provincial (district) governments. This paper presents the evidence of decentralization’s impact on growth in Indonesia. We use two decentralization measures: own source revenue ratio and expenditure ratio, and examine their impact on growth by using panel data covering the 1991 to 2005 period. We find that in Indonesia, hitherto, fiscal decentralization has a negative impact on growth

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  • Betta Y. & Eugenia Mardanugraha & Chaikal Nuryakin, 2007. "Inflation-Output Efficiency in Lowering High Cost Economy : A Comparative Study of Several Provinces in Indonesia," Economics and Finance in Indonesia, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia, vol. 55, pages 135-147, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:lpe:efijnl:200708
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    Keywords

    Inflation; Economic Growth; Efficient;

    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • 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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