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Fiscal capacity and government accountability in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Baskaran, Thushyanthan

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Bigsten, Arne

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

Historical evidence from the developed world suggests that the expansion of the mod- ern states’ fiscal capacity (i. e. its ability to tax citizens) eventually led to more democratic and less corrupt governments. Since sub-Saharan African countries are currently in a pro- cess of state building, we study whether a positive effect of fiscal capacity on government accountability prevails in contemporaneous sub-Saharan Africa, too. We conduct the em- pirical analysis with data covering 23 African countries over the 1960-2008 period. The results suggest that fiscal capacity increases government accountability in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 506.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 15 Jun 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0506
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