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The Redistributive Power of the Central Government Budget

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  • Ramón Barberán

    (Universidad de Zaragoza)

  • Núria Bosch

    () (Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB); Universitat de Barcelona (UB))

  • Antoni Castells

    () (Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB); Universitat de Barcelona (UB))

  • Marta Espasa

    () (Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB); Universitat de Barcelona (UB))

Abstract

We analyse the redistributive power of the Spanish central government budget to diminish regional disparities in per capita income in the 1991-1996 period. It firstly makes a brief overview of the most relevant empirical studies carried out on this subject, analysing their methodologies and results. Secondly, it estimates the redistributive power of the budgetary policies of the Spanish central government. Its principal interest lies in the fact that the data base used allows the redistributive effect of the main items of revenue and expenditure to be analysed, whereas the majority of studies carried out limit the categories of expenditure to the case of transfers. The results obtained are in line with those from other studies. The redistributive power of the central budget is around 40%, expenditure being much more redistributive than revenue, with the exception of individual income tax.

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  • Ramón Barberán & Núria Bosch & Antoni Castells & Marta Espasa, 2000. "The Redistributive Power of the Central Government Budget," Working Papers 2000/6, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
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    1. Giannola, Adriano & Petraglia, Carmelo & Scalera, Domenico, 2016. "Net fiscal flows and interregional redistribution in Italy: A long-run perspective (1951–2010)," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 1-16.
    2. Jonathan Rodden, 2009. "Federalism and Inter-Regional Redistribution," Working Papers 2009/3, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).

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    Keywords

    Fiscal flows; Regional redistribution;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies

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