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The impressive contribution of Canadian economists to fiscal federalism theory and policy

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  • Robin Boadway
  • Katherine Cuff

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The study of fiscal federalism has been central to the research of Canadian economists since the Rowell–Sirois Report. To mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Economics Association, it is fitting to take stock of their contributions. We focus on the period since 1982 and emphasize the main scholarly publications of an inclusive array of Canadian economists and economists in Canadian universities. Our attention is devoted to applications in the context of federal and provincial governments, setting aside related issues in municipal government finance. We briefly discuss instances where the fiscal federalism literature has informed policy debates including through policy research institutes, government commissions and international organizations. La contribution impressionnante des économistes canadiens à la théorie et à la politique du fédéralisme fiscal. L’étude du fédéralisme fiscal a été un élément central de la recherche des économistes canadiens depuis la Commission Rowell‐Sirois. Au moment de célébrer le 50ème anniversaire de la fondation de l’Association canadienne d’économique, le moment est approprié pour prendre la mesure de leurs contributions. On se concentre sur la période après 1982, et on souligne les principales publications savantes d’un ensemble inclusif d’économistes canadiens et d’économistes dans les universités canadiennes. Une attention particulière est portée aux applications dans le contexte fédéral et provincial, mettant de côté les enjeux reliés à la finance municipale. On discute brièvement des instances où la littérature sur le fédéralisme fiscal a éclairé les débats de politiques publiques y compris à travers les instituts de recherche sur les politiques publiques, les commissions gouvernementales, et les organisations internationales.

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  • Robin Boadway & Katherine Cuff, 2017. "The impressive contribution of Canadian economists to fiscal federalism theory and policy," Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d'économique, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 50(5), pages 1348-1380, December.
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