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Title:Fiscal decentralization and economic growth in OECD countries : is there a relationship? PDF Logo
Authors:Baskaran, Thushyanthan
Feld, Lars P.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2721
Abstract:We study the relationship between fiscal decentralization and economic growth for 23 OECD countries from 1975 to 2001 by using new panel data on sub-federal tax autonomy. While initial estimations suggest that fiscal decentralization causes lower growth rates, we find that this result is not robust to alternative specifications. We also fail to obtain evidence for a negative relationship in a number of additional robustness checks. We thus conclude that fiscal decentralization is unrelated to economic growth.
Subjects:fiscal federalism
sub-national fiscal autonomy
tax competition
JEL:H77
H73
H71
D78
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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