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Vertical externalities revisited: new results with public inputs and unit taxation

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  • Diego Martínez

This paper studies the provision of public inputs in a federal system with unit taxation on labor. We use a model with vertical tax and expenditure externalities to analyze the e¢ ciency of equilibria under di¤erent settings, particularly Nash and Stackelberg equilibria. Our results discuss some ?ndings from the previous literature. First, both vertical externalities are interrelated each other. Second, the condition for production e¢ ciency in the public sector becomes irrelevant to assess optimality. And third, the replication of the second-best outcome by the federal government behaving as Stackelberg leader crucially depends on the states?reaction function.

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Paper provided by Universidade de Vigo, GEN - Governance and Economics research Network in its series Working Papers. Collection A: Public economics, governance and decentralization with number 1403.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2014
Handle: RePEc:gov:wpaper:1403
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