IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this book chapter

Challenges in the Design of Fiscal Equalization and Intergovernmental Transfers

In: Fiscal Equalization


  • Jorge Martinez-Vazquez

    (Georgia State University)

  • Bob Searle

    (Australian Government)


Responding to a variety of forces over the past decade, many developing and transitional countries have embarked upon serious fiscal decentralization reform initiatives. In recent years, many developed economies have also deepened their decentralized government structures. Very often the allocation of expenditure and revenue assignments in a fiscally decentralized nation leads to horizontal fiscal imbalances because of the different fiscal capacities and expenditure needs of sub-national governments. Decentralization design also often leads to vertical imbalances in favor of the central government because tax revenue sources are seldom as decentralized as expenditure responsibilities.

Suggested Citation

  • Jorge Martinez-Vazquez & Bob Searle, 2007. "Challenges in the Design of Fiscal Equalization and Intergovernmental Transfers," Springer Books, in: Jorge Martinez-Vazquez & Bob Searle (ed.), Fiscal Equalization, chapter 0, pages 3-10, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sprchp:978-0-387-48988-9_1
    DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-48988-9_1

    Download full text from publisher

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:spr:sprchp:978-0-387-48988-9_1. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no bibliographic references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: Sonal Shukla or Springer Nature Abstracting and Indexing (email available below). General contact details of provider: .

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service. RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.