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Lump-Sum Intergovernmental Grants Have Price Effects: a Note

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  • Lars-Erik Borge

    (University of Trondheim)

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The aim of this note is to show that the fiscal illusion model of Wallace Oates unambiguously predicts a flypaper effect. The original contribution does not reach this result because equal increases in the lump-sum grant and the income of the median voter are compared. When the correct comparison is made, between a dollar increase in the lump-sum grant and an increase in the income of the median voter equal to his or her tax share, the Slutsky equation of the model implies that the flypaper effect is unambiguous.

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  • Lars-Erik Borge, 1995. "Lump-Sum Intergovernmental Grants Have Price Effects: a Note," Public Finance Review, , vol. 23(2), pages 271-274, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:pubfin:v:23:y:1995:i:2:p:271-274
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    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. John Ashworth & Bruno Heyndels, 2005. "Government Fragmentation And Budgetary Policy In "Good" And "Bad" Times In Flemish Municipalities," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17, pages 245-263, July.

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