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Is Local Government Revenue Response to Federal Aid Symmetrical? Evidence From Pennsylvania County Governments in a Era of Retrenchment

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A study of local government response in 66 Pennsylvania counties that experienced fluctuations in federal aid between 1978 and 1988 indicates lack of symmetry in response. Differences in response to changes in state and federal aid are significant.

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  • Stine, William F., 1994. "Is Local Government Revenue Response to Federal Aid Symmetrical? Evidence From Pennsylvania County Governments in a Era of Retrenchment," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association;National Tax Journal, vol. 47(4), pages 799-816, December.
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