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Significance and Determination of Fees for Municipal Finance

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  • Peter Friedrich
  • Anita Dehne
  • Chang Woon Nam

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The idea of fiscal decentralisation has become increasingly fashionable world-wide. But every country has unique features of the intergovernmental fiscal system. In general municipal expenditures are rapidly growing in European countries. On the other hand local tax increases are not easily enforceable at present, whereas the local fiscal autonomy is unlikely to be guaranteed as long as municipalities are strongly dependent on down-flow grants. In such a fiscal-stress situation an improvement of local fiscal capacity can be achieved from the increase of fees. Four European countries were chosen to survey the recent development of municipal finance: Britain, Germany, Poland and Switzerland. This paper firstly identifies and highlights the similarities and differences in municipal finance in an international context. Secondly it theoretically examines the possibility of enhancing fiscal autonomy of local governments through determining optimal fee level which leads to an increase of revenues from this revenue item.

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  • Peter Friedrich & Anita Dehne & Chang Woon Nam, 2004. "Significance and Determination of Fees for Municipal Finance," CESifo Working Paper Series 1357, CESifo Group Munich.
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    1. Peter Friedrich, 2011. "Legal European Company Forms to Realize Cross Border FOCJ - Functional Overlapping Competing Jurisdictions," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1009, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Haug, Peter, 2007. "Local Government Control and Efficiency of the Water Industry: An Empirical Analysis of Water Suppliers in East Germany," IWH Discussion Papers 3/2007, Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH).

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    Keywords

    fiscal decentralisation; local expenditures and taxes; fees; shared taxes; intergovernmental transfers; municipal borrowings; Poland; Britain; Switzerland; Germany;

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