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Ranking State Fiscal Structures using Theory and Evidence

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  • Niel Bania

    (University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management)

  • Joe Stone

    (University of Oregon Economics Department)

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This paper offers unique rankings of the extent to which fiscal structures of U.S. states contribute to economic growth. The rankings are novel in two key respects: they are well grounded in established growth theory, in which the effect of taxes depends both on the level of taxes and on the composition of expenditures; and they are derived from actual estimates of the link between fiscal structures and economic growth. Estimates for the latter yield a growth hill, in which the incremental effect of taxes spent on productive services and infrastructure initially rises, reaches a peak, and then declines. Rankings derived from these estimates differ sharply from typical rankings based on levels of taxation alone. Two hypothetical policy experiments highlight both the growth-hill effects of tax investments in productive services and infrastructure and the short- and long-term tradeoffs in attempting to fund strong social services.

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  • Niel Bania & Joe Stone, 2007. "Ranking State Fiscal Structures using Theory and Evidence," University of Oregon Economics Department Working Papers 2007-11, University of Oregon Economics Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:ore:uoecwp:2007-11
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    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy

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