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Does fiscal decentralization foster regional investment in productive infrastructure?

  • Kappeler , Andreas


    (European Investment Bank)

  • Solé-Ollé, Albert


    (University of Barcelona)

  • Stephan, Andreas


    (Jönköping International Business School)

  • Välilä, Timo


    (European Investment Bank)

The aim of this paper is to analyze the effect of revenue decentralization on the provision of infrastructure at the sub-national level. We estimate the effects of revenue decentralization and earmarked grant financing on the level of sub-national infrastructure investment in 20 European countries over the period 1990-2009. The results are interpreted in light of the predictions of the theory on fiscal federalism. We find that it is sub-national infrastructure investment that increases after revenue decentralization and not investment in redistribution. However, the effect of revenue decentralization is lower the higher the use of earmarked grants to fund infrastructure investment.

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Paper provided by Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation with number 273.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 12 Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0273
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