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Interjurisdictional competition and the efficiency of the public sector: The triumph of the market over the state?

  • Rauscher, Michael
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    It has been argued in the literature that, interjurisdictional competition forces the public sector to increase its efficiency and thus helps to tame Leviathan governments. The paper addresses this hypothesis by means of a simple taxcompetition model with a Leviathan state. It is seen that the effects of increased factor mobility on the efficiency of the public sector are ambiguous. A calibration of the model shows that a reduction in public-sector efficiency is possible for parameter constellations which are not unrealistic.

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    Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 732.

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    Date of creation: 1996
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    Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:732
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