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Interjurisdictional Competition and the Efficiency of the Public Sector: The Triumph of the Market over the State?


  • Rauscher, Michael


It has been argued in the literature that interjurisdictional competition forces the public sector to increase its efficiency and thus helps to tame Leviathan governments. The paper addresses this hypothesis by means of a simple tax-competition model with a Leviathan state. It is seen that the effects of increased factor mobility on the efficiency of the public sector are ambiguous. A calibration of the model shows that a reduction in public-sector efficiency is possible for parameter constellations which are not unrealistic.

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  • Rauscher, Michael, 1997. "Interjurisdictional Competition and the Efficiency of the Public Sector: The Triumph of the Market over the State?," CEPR Discussion Papers 1624, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1624

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    Capital Movements; Infrastructure; Public Choice; Tax Competition;

    JEL classification:

    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
    • H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects


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