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Regional Dimension of Taxes and Public Expenditure in Ireland

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Morgenroth E. Regional dimension of taxes and public expenditure in Ireland, Regional Studies. In Ireland, as in many other countries, there has been an ongoing debate on the nature, degree and trends of regional imbalance. However, relatively little is known about the effects of policies at the regional level in Ireland. This paper considers two aspects of public policy, namely the fiscal system and public expenditure. In particular, regional government accounts are constructed that identify the level of taxation, subsidization and public expenditure at the regional level. The analysis of these data confirms that the fiscal system does reduce relative income differences in Ireland. Furthermore, there are substantial resource transfers across regions. [image omitted] Morgenroth E. Les impots et les depenses publiques en Irlande: le point de vue regional, Regional Studies. En Irlande, comme dans la plupart des pays, on discute du desequilibre regional, de sa nature, son importance et ses tendances. Cependant, on sait tres peu en Irlande des retombees regionales. Cet article considere deux aspects de la politique publique, a savoir le regime fiscal et les depenses publiques. On construit en particulier des comptes de l'administration regionale qui identifient le niveau des impots, des subventions et des depenses publiques au niveau regional. L'analyse des donnees confirme que le regime fiscal ne reduit pas en Irlande les ecarts des revenus relatifs. Qui plus est, il y a d'importants transferts de ressorces a travers les regions. Ecarts regionaux Depenses publiques Impots Morgenroth E. Die regionale Dimension von Steuern und offentlichen Ausgaben in Irland, Regional Studies. In Irland gibt es wie in vielen anderen Landern eine anhaltende Debatte uber die Art, das Ausmass und die Entwicklung von regionalen Ungleichgewichten. Uber die Auswirkungen der Politiken auf der Regionalebene von Irland ist hingegen relativ wenig bekannt. In diesem Beitrag werden zwei Aspekte der offentlichen Politik untersucht, namlich das Fiskalsystem und die offentlichen Ausgaben. Insbesondere werden regionale Regierungskonten konstruiert, mit denen das Steueraufkommen, die Subventionen und die offentlichen Ausgaben auf regionaler Ebene identifiziert werden. Die Analyse dieser Daten bestatigt, dass das Fiskalsystem die relativen Einkommensunterschiede in Irland tatsachlich verringert. Daruber hinaus finden zwischen verschiedenen Regionen erhebliche Transfers von Ressourcen statt. Regionale Disparitaten Staatliche Ausgaben Steuern Morgenroth E. La dimension regional de impuestos y el gasto publico en Irlanda, Regional Studies. Al igual que en otros paises, en Irlanda ha habido un continuo debate sobre la naturaleza, el grado y las tendencias del desequilibrio regional. Sin embargo, se sabe relativamente poco de los efectos de las politicas a nivel regional en Irlanda. En este articulo considero dos aspectos de la politica publica, es decir, el sistema fiscal y los gastos publicos. En particular, se crean cuentas regionales del gobierno que identifican el nivel de tributacion, subsidio y gasto publico a nivel regional. Al analizar estos datos se confirma que el sistema fiscal reduce las diferencias relativas de ingresos en Irlanda. Ademas, hay considerables transferencias de recursos entre las regiones. Disparidades regionales Gastos publico Impuestos

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  • Edgar Morgenroth, 2010. "Regional Dimension of Taxes and Public Expenditure in Ireland," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(6), pages 777-789.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:44:y:2010:i:6:p:777-789
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400802093839
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    Regional disparities; Government expenditure; Taxes;
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    • H72 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Budget and Expenditures
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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