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Public Goods in a Voluntary Federal Union: Implications of a Participation Constraint

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  • Aronsson, Thomas

    () (Department of Economics, Umeå School of Business and Economics)

  • Micheletto, Luca

    () (Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management)

  • Sjögren, Tomas

    () (Department of Economics, Umeå School of Business and Economics)

Abstract

This paper re-examines the question of whether federal ex-post redistribution in terms of public funds leads to under-provision of public goods by adding the assumption that the member states are free to leave the economic federation. We show that federal ex-post redistribution no longer necessarily means under-provision of local and federal public goods.

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  • Aronsson, Thomas & Micheletto, Luca & Sjögren, Tomas, 2012. "Public Goods in a Voluntary Federal Union: Implications of a Participation Constraint," Umeå Economic Studies 850, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0850
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    1. Andrea Brandolini & Francesca Carta & Francesco D'Amuri, 2016. "A Feasible Unemployment-Based Shock Absorber for the Euro Area," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 54(5), pages 1123-1141, September.

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    Keywords

    Public goods; fiscal federalism; ex-post redistribution;

    JEL classification:

    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism

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