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The vouchers scheme as a mechanism of public support allocation in theory and practice


  • Marek Pavlík

    () (Department of Public Economics, Masaryk University)


Sport support at the municipal level has a long tradition, especially in Europe. Youth involvement to the sport is usually one of the important aspects of grant policies. There are questions regarding how to allocate public resources more efficiently and how to increase youth participation in sport. We analyze the sport vouchers as a tool for increasing transparency and efficiency as well as the involvement of youth and their parents in sport policy at the local level. Vouchers typically transfer purchasing power to the client. Using sport vouchers as a tool for allocating public resources is still quite rare, though some attempts with sport vouchers were made in the Australia, UK and there are examples of sport vouchers in the Czech Republic. The aim of the paper is to discuss the vouchers as an alternative method of sport support at the municipality level and identify strengths and weaknesses of this method. Finally we formulate recommendation for implementation the voucher system.

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  • Marek Pavlík, 2013. "The vouchers scheme as a mechanism of public support allocation in theory and practice," MUNI ECON Working Papers 13, Masaryk University, revised Dec 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:mub:wpaper:13

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    1. Abiy Agiro & Jonathan Matusitz, 2011. "Housing Vouchers, Benefits and Allowances (VBAs): Comparing Rental Tools in the US, England and the Netherlands," International Journal of Housing Policy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(1), pages 71-88.
    2. R—mulo A. Chumacero & Ricardo D. Paredes, 2012. "Vouchers, choice, and public policy: An overview," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 39(2 Year 20), pages 115-122, December.
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    sport; vouchers; transparency; grant; voucher scheme;

    JEL classification:

    • L31 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs; Social Entrepreneurship
    • H76 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Other Expenditure Categories
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


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