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Revisiting the redistribution effects of intergovernmental fiscal transfers: evidence from Taiwan

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  • Tsai-Yuan Huang
  • Po-Chin Wu
  • Ching-Wen Yan

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This paper employs a panel of 23 local governments in Taiwan over 1998-2010 to re-estimate the redistribution effects of intergovernmental fiscal transfers by considering a self-financing resources of local government as the transition variable in panel smooth transition regression models. Empirical results show that the income (or tax revenues) redistribution effects of fiscal transfer policies are nonlinear and vary with time and across local governments. The grants from central government can improve income and tax revenues distribution of local governments; however, the centrally allotted tax revenues have inverse effects and the total fiscal transfers have ambiguous effects. The total fiscal transfer is a proper policy instrument for improving income redistribution, and the grants for improving tax revenues redistribution. However, high self-financing resources ratios are harmful for these redistribution effects.

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  • Tsai-Yuan Huang & Po-Chin Wu & Ching-Wen Yan, 2014. "Revisiting the redistribution effects of intergovernmental fiscal transfers: evidence from Taiwan," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(4), pages 341-359, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jpolrf:v:17:y:2014:i:4:p:341-359
    DOI: 10.1080/17487870.2014.947985
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