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Can Fiscal Decentralization Strengthen Social Capital?

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Countries where social and political institutions stimulate interpersonal trust, civic cooperation, and social cohesiveness tend to have more efficient governments, better governance systems, and faster growth. This paper provides cross-country evidence, based on a sample of developing and developed countries, that fiscal decentralization—the assignment of expenditure functions and revenue sources to lower levels of government—can boost social capital and therefore be integrated into second-generation reforms.

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  • International Monetary Fund, 2000. "Can Fiscal Decentralization Strengthen Social Capital?," IMF Working Papers 00/129, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:00/129
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