IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

How the cake is distributed: the case of Portuguese decentralized grants


  • Paulo Reis Mourão


This paper will discuss how the distribution of decentralized grants for Portuguese municipalities affects the evolution of the total amounts given by the Portuguese government to Portuguese municipalities. After a review of the literature I discuss a model based on a Bergson – Samuelson function. I used official data (from Portuguese Budget Reports) since 1982 for studying the decentralized grants. I also regress on other Portuguese time series in order to control for the effect of inequality series. Applying cointegration techniques and testing the causality direction, I conclude that there is a statistical validation that, as the distribution becomes more unequal, the total amounts of the transferred grants decrease. Keywords: distribution criteria, government transfers, decentralization

Suggested Citation

  • Paulo Reis Mourão, 2012. "How the cake is distributed: the case of Portuguese decentralized grants," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 44(2), pages 477-490, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:44:y:2012:i:2:p:477-490

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    File Function: abstract
    Download Restriction: Fulltext access restricted to subscribers, see for details

    File URL:
    File Function: main text
    Download Restriction: Fulltext access restricted to subscribers, see for details

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version below or search for a different version of it.

    Other versions of this item:

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:44:y:2012:i:2:p:477-490. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Neil Hammond). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.