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Fiscal Illusion and the Grantor Government in Canada

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  • Hammes, David L
  • Wills, Douglas T

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Recent work on the United States concludes that one or more illusions are responsible for the empirically observ ed "flypaper effect." Using annual Canadian data for the period 1962-84, the authors test the "single-illusion" and "dual-illusion" specifications currently in the literature. While the empirical res ults support the dual-illusion specification, it is not the unambiguo us choice over single-illusion specifications as previously found. Fu rther, the nature of the grant system in Canada raises questions abou t whether illusions or real factors produce the empirical results. Copyright 1987 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Hammes, David L & Wills, Douglas T, 1987. "Fiscal Illusion and the Grantor Government in Canada," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 25(4), pages 707-713, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:25:y:1987:i:4:p:707-13
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    1. Worthington, Andrew C & Dollery, Brian E, 1998. "The Political Determination of Intergovernmental Grants in Australia," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 94(3-4), pages 299-315, March.
    2. 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.
    3. Philippe Cyrenne & Manish Pandey, 2015. "Fiscal equalization, government expenditures and endogenous growth," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 22(2), pages 311-329, April.
    4. Bev Dahlby, 2011. "The marginal cost of public funds and the flypaper effect," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 18(3), pages 304-321, June.
    5. Philip Grossman, 1989. "Fiscal decentralization and government size: An extension," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 62(1), pages 63-69, July.

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