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The Tragedy of the Commons or the Curse of Federalism

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  • Laurent Bouton

    (ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

  • Marjorie Gassner

    (ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

  • Vincenzo Verardi

    (ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Abstract

It has been suggested that …scal federalism is a good way to induce decentralized entities to behave parsimoniously, but this has been largely criticized in the literature, in particular because of the Common-Pool problem. In this paper, we present an extra facet of the latter problem. We present a simple theoretical model con…rmed by empirical evidence suggesting that vertical imbalance induces govenments to substitute redistributive spending for non-distributive expenditures. This drives …scal policies to be less efficient in reducing income inequality.

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  • Laurent Bouton & Marjorie Gassner & Vincenzo Verardi, 2005. "The Tragedy of the Commons or the Curse of Federalism," Public Economics 0511013, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Federalism; Income Inequality; Common Pool; Redistribution;
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    JEL classification:

    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • H - Public Economics

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