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Optimal design of intergovernmental grants in a dynamic model

  • Zou, Heng-fu

This paper outlines a dynamic model with three levels of government: federal, state and local in the Stackelberg game structure with the superor government as the leader and all its subordinate governments the followers.It studies the optimal design of block grants and matching grants from both the federal government and the state governments to their numerous subordinate governments respectively as well as the optimal public expendtures and public capital stocks of different levels of government in the long run. Using specific form of utility function, we find that the optimal intergovernmental grants are very different between the level of federal government and state governments.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 37427.

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Date of creation: 10 Jan 2012
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:37427
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  1. Liutang Gong & Heng-fu Zou, 2003. "Fiscal Federalism, Public Capital Formation, and Endogenous Growth," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 4(2), pages 471-490, November.
  2. Robert J. Barro, 2003. "Determinants of Economic Growth in a Panel of Countries," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 4(2), pages 231-274, November.
  3. Heng-fu Zou, 1994. "Taxes, Federal Grants, Local Public Spending, and Growth," CEMA Working Papers 78, China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics.
  4. Zhang, Tao & Zou, Heng-fu, 1998. "Fiscal decentralization, public spending, and economic growth in China," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 67(2), pages 221-240, February.
  5. Liutang Gong & Heng-fu Zou, 2001. "Optimal taxation and intergovernmental transfer in a dynamic model with multiple levels of government," CEMA Working Papers 54, China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics.
  6. Robert M. Solow, 2003. "Reflections on Growth and Development," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 4(2), pages 219-229, November.
  7. Zou Heng-fu, 1994. "Dynamic Effects of Federal Grants on Local Spending," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 98-115, July.
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