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Fiscal Decentralisation in Vietnam: a Preliminary Investigation


  • Duc Hong Vo

    () (Department of Economics, The University of Western Australia)


Fiscal decentralisation is a complex theoretical and practical issue. The literature is currently divided on whether there is a positive or negative relationship between fiscal decentralisation and economic growth, and it appears that this is in large part due to inconsistent measures of fiscal decentralisation. In this paper, fiscal decentralisation in Vietnam will be examined, with a view to developing a fiscal decentralisation index that accounts for both the fiscal autonomy and fiscal importance of subnational governments to compare the degree of fiscal decentralisation in Vietnam with that of a range of other countries. This will facilitate subsequent (and hopefully definitive) investigations of the relationship between fiscal decentralisation and economic growth.

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  • Duc Hong Vo, 2005. "Fiscal Decentralisation in Vietnam: a Preliminary Investigation," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 05-16, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwa:wpaper:05-16

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    Cited by:

    1. Koji Kubo, 2013. "Rice Yield Gap between Myanmar and Vietnam: A Matter of Price Policy or Public Investment in Technology?," Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), vol. 10(1), pages 1-24, June.
    2. Duc Hong Vo, 2006. "Measuring Fiscal Decentralisation: An Entropic Approach," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 06-28, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.

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    Fiscal Decentralisation; Economic Growth; Fiscal Autonomy; Fiscal Importance; Vietnam;

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    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism

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