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Decentralization, Competition and the local tax mix: evidence from Flanders

  • Benny Geys


    (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB))

  • Federico Revelli


    (University of Torino)

This paper investigates the economic and political determinants of the local tax mix using panel data of 289 Flemish municipalities over the period 1995-2002 and estimating a system of five reduced-form tax revenue-share equations (income, property, business, user fees and other own revenues). The analysis highlights a number of important economic determinants of the observed tax mix while political variables turn out to play a relatively minor role. Finally, the analysis uncovers virtually no evidence of inter-municipal dependence in the determination of the local tax mix.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) in its series Working Papers with number 2009/17.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ieb:wpaper:2009/10/doc2009-17
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