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Fiscal Decentralization in Kenya: The Constituency Development Fund and the Growth of Government

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  • Bagaka, Obuya

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This paper explores the financial implications of fiscal decentralization policies on the central government's operating budget in Kenya. The paper evaluates how devolved funds under the constituency development fund (CDF) have been utilized to start healthcare capital projects (clinics) at the local level. The study finds that fiscal decentralization has promoted allocative efficiency and equity but at a cost of exporting tax burdens (operations and maintenance) to the central government emanating from capital projects implemented at the local level. The exported tax burdens have policy implications and call for reforms of the CDF program to reflect a benefit-expenditure structure.

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  • Bagaka, Obuya, 2008. "Fiscal Decentralization in Kenya: The Constituency Development Fund and the Growth of Government," MPRA Paper 11813, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:11813
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    1. UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, "undated". "Fiscal Policy, Redistribution and Inequality in Africa," UNDP Africa Policy Notes 2017-08, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa.
    2. Mitullah, Winnie V., 2012. "Decentralized Service Delivery in Nairobi and Mombasa," WIDER Working Paper Series 092, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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    Keywords

    fiscal decentralization; budget; devolution; constituency development fund; health care; allocative efficiency;

    JEL classification:

    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • H0 - Public Economics - - General
    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General

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