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Fiscal federalism and government size in transition economies: the case of Moldova

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  • Luiz De Mello

    (International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, USA)

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This paper examines the relationship between fiscal decentralization-the assignment of revenue sources and expenditure functions across government levels-and government size in Moldova. The empirical results-based on data for a cross-section of Moldovan sub-national government in 1998-suggest that fiscal decentralization is associated with larger sub-national governments and that the country's revenue-sharing system imposes a constraint on sub-national revenue mobilization capacity. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Luiz De Mello, 2001. "Fiscal federalism and government size in transition economies: the case of Moldova," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 13(2), pages 255-268.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:13:y:2001:i:2:p:255-268
    DOI: 10.1002/jid.763
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    1. Serhan Cevik, 2017. "Size matters: fragmentation and vertical fiscal imbalances in Moldova," Empirica, Springer;Austrian Institute for Economic Research;Austrian Economic Association, vol. 44(2), pages 367-381, May.
    2. Lars Feld, 2014. "James Buchanan’s theory of federalism: from fiscal equity to the ideal political order," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 25(3), pages 231-252, September.
    3. Jungbu Kim, 2010. "Political Institutions and Public R&D Expenditures in Democratic Countries," Working Papers EMS_2010_16, Research Institute, International University of Japan.
    4. Paolo Liberati & Agnese Sacchi, 2013. "Tax decentralization and local government size," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 157(1), pages 183-205, October.
    5. David Cantarero & Patricio Perez, 2012. "Decentralization and regional government size in Spain," Portuguese Economic Journal, Springer;Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao, vol. 11(3), pages 211-237, December.

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