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Title:Who do you blame in local finance? An analysis of municipal financing in Italy PDF Logo
Authors:Bordignon, Massimo
Piazza, Santino
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper Public Finance 3100
Abstract:A 1999 reform allowed Italian Mayors to partially substitute a more accountable source of tax revenue (the property tax) with a less transparent one (a surcharge on the personal income tax). Theoretical analysis suggests this should give incompetent Mayors a less costly way to hide themselves, so allowing them to be more easily re-elected. An empirical analysis on Piedmont municipalities confirms these hypotheses.
Subjects:partial decentralization
fiscal federalism
transparency
political behavior
JEL:H71
H77
D78
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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