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Fiscal transfers in the spatial economy

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  • Henkel, Marcel
  • Seidel, Tobias
  • Südekum, Jens

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Many countries shift substantial public resources across jurisdictions to mitigate spatial economic disparities. We use a general equilibrium model with multiple asymmetric regions, labor mobility, and costly trade to carve out the aggregate implications of fiscal transfers. Calibrating the model for Germany, we find that transfers indeed deliver smaller disparities across regions. This comes at the cost of lower national output, however, because activity is diverted away from core cities and towards remote areas with low productivity. But despite this output loss, national welfare may still increase, because the transfer scheme countervails over-congestion in large cities.

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  • Henkel, Marcel & Seidel, Tobias & Südekum, Jens, 2019. "Fiscal transfers in the spatial economy," DICE Discussion Papers 322, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).
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    Keywords

    fiscal equalization; regional transfers; migration; spatial economics;
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    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • R13 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General Equilibrium and Welfare Economic Analysis of Regional Economies
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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