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The political economy of fixed regional investment shares with an illustration for Belgian Railway investments

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  • Stef PROOST
  • Vera ZAPOROZHETS

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Many local public goods are allocated by federal governments using fixed regional shares: every region is entitled a fixed share of the total budget for a particular type of public good. This paper compares this fixed regional sharing rule with two alternative allocation rules: first best and common pool allocation. We find that the fixed regional sharing rule performs relatively well if the regional shares are reasonable. Legislative bargaining theory is used to study the determination of the fixed regional shares.

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  • Stef PROOST & Vera ZAPOROZHETS, 2010. "The political economy of fixed regional investment shares with an illustration for Belgian Railway investments," Working Papers Department of Economics ces10.05, KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ete:ceswps:ces10.05
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    2. Alban Thomas & Vera Zaporozhets, 2017. "Bargaining Over Environmental Budgets: A Political Economy Model with Application to French Water Policy," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 68(2), pages 227-248, October.

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    Keywords

    local public goods; political economy; railways;

    JEL classification:

    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • L9 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities

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