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Partial Fiscal Decentralization

English title Partial Fiscal Decentralization
Applicant Jametti Mario
Number 130443
Funding scheme ProDoc
Research institution Instituto MecoP Università della Svizzera italiana
Institution of higher education Università della Svizzera italiana - USI
Main discipline Economics
Start/End 01.10.2010 - 30.09.2013
Approved amount 162'594.00
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Keywords (4)

fiscal federalism; decentralization; political economy; Switzerland

Lay Summary (English)

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Much of the literature in Fiscal Federalism treats the allocation of spending duties among different levels of government as a binary choice (centralization vs. decentralization). The Decentralization Theorem (Oates, 1972) stipulates the conditions under which a specific public service should be provided by national or sub-national governments. However, joint provision of public goods and services is the norm in real-world federations such as Switzerland. Shared responsibility in the provision of public goods gives raise to two important consequences: informational problems and vertical interactions. This project aims at advancing research, both theoretical and empirical in the highly policy relevant forum of shared responsibility using the institutional variation of Switzerland. The questions we aim to answer are: What are the determinants of fiscal decentralization? What is the interplay between horizontal and vertical interactions between governments in public good provision? How should decentralization be measured?
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Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
International Institute of Public Finance Annual Conference Talk given at a conference 22.08.2013 Taormina, Italy Jametti Mario;
Canadian Economic Association Conference Talk given at a conference 31.05.2013 Montréal, Canada Galletta Sergio;
CESifo Public Sector Economics Conference Talk given at a conference 11.04.2013 Munich, Germany Jametti Mario;
European Public Choice Society Conference Talk given at a conference 04.04.2013 Zürich, Switzerland Jametti Mario;
Public Choice Society Talk given at a conference 08.03.2013 New Orleans, United States of America Galletta Sergio;
CESifo Workshop on Political Economy Talk given at a conference 08.12.2012 Dresden, Germany Jametti Mario;
XXIV Conferenza della Società italiana di Economia Pubblica Talk given at a conference 24.09.2012 Pavia, Italy Galletta Sergio;


Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
119453 Administration publique 01.10.2008 ProDoc
147668 The Swiss Confederation: A Natural Laboratory for Research on Fiscal and Political Decentralization 01.01.2014 Sinergia

Abstract

Much of the literature in Fiscal Federalism treats the allocation of spending duties among different levels of government as a binary choice (centralization vs. decentralization). The Decentralization Theorem (Oates, 1972) stipulates the conditions under which a specific public service should be provided by national or sub-national governments. However, joint provision of public goods and services is the norm in real-world federations such as Switzerland. Shared responsibility in the provision of public goods gives raise to two important consequences: informational problems and vertical interactions. This project aims at advancing research, both theoretical and empirical in the highly policy relevant forum of shared responsibility using the institutional variation of Switzerland. The questions we aim to answer are: What are the determinants of fiscal decentralization? What is the interplay between horizontal and vertical interactions between governments in public good provision? How should decentralization be measured?
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