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Fiscal Performance, Institutional Design and Decentralization in European Union Countries

  • Luc Eyraud
  • Anita Tuladhar
  • Julio Escolano
  • Marialuz Moreno Badia
  • Juliane Sarnes

This paper analyzes the impact of decentralization on overall fiscal performance in the European Union, taking into account fiscal institutional arrangements. We find that spending decentralization has been associated with sizably better fiscal performance, especially when transfer dependency of subnational governments is low. However, subnational fiscal rules do not seem to be associated with better performance.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 12/45.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:12/45
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