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Strategic inter-regional transfers

  • HINDRIKS, Jean
  • MYLES, Gareth D.

In this paper we derive the equilibrium level of redistribution from one mobile factor (say, the rich or capital) to another posibly mobile factor (say, the poor or labour) when regions choose both their inter-regional transfers and redistributive policies non-cooperatively. We find that inter-regional transfers are always desirable (to mitigate the fiscal competition), but cannot be sustained (as a Nash equilibrium) when chosen simultaneously with the redistributive policy. On the other hand if regions can precommit t0o inter-regional transfers before setting their redistributive policy, the strategic effect of interregional transfers makes them sustainable. However there are also equilibria with partial or no inter-regional transfers at all. The effects of regional asymmetries are analyzed. Interestingly enough, evidence suggests that predictions of our model accord very closely with the pattern of transfers in the EU across member states.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2001004.

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