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Narrowing Vertical Fiscal Imbalances in Four European Countries

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  • Izabela Karpowicz

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This paper describes the institutional changes that have induced a decline in the vertical fiscal imbalance (VFI) - defined as the share of sub-national own spending not financed through own revenues - in four European countries: Belgium, Italy, Norway, and Spain. The decline in VFI was achieved through progressive devolution of revenues to sub-national governments in Belgium, Italy, and Spain, while re-centralization of health sector expenditures was the cause of the decline in the VFI in Norway.

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  • Izabela Karpowicz, 2012. "Narrowing Vertical Fiscal Imbalances in Four European Countries," IMF Working Papers 12/91, International Monetary Fund.
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    1. Aldasoro, Iñaki & Seiferling, Mike, 2014. "Vertical fiscal imbalances and the accumulation of government debt," SAFE Working Paper Series 61, Research Center SAFE - Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe, Goethe University Frankfurt.
    2. José Manuel Cordero Ferrera & Francisco Pedraja Chaparro & Javier Suárez Pandiello & Alfonso Utrilla de la Hoz, 2013. "El índice de evolución de los ingresos tributarios del Estado y sus efectos sobre la PIE municipal," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 206(3), pages 137-161, September.
    3. Eyraud, Luc & Lusinyan, Lusine, 2013. "Vertical fiscal imbalances and fiscal performance in advanced economies," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(5), pages 571-587.

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