direct democracy; fiscal federalism; tax competition; panel data; political economics
(2016), Does Compulsory Voting Increase Support for Leftist Policy?, in American Journal of Political Science
, 60(3), 149-161.
(2016), Does Personal Background Influence a Finance Minister to Cook the Books? An Investigation of Creative Accounting in Swiss Cantons, in Applied Economics
, 49(10), 941-953.
(2016), Electoral Competition as a Determinant of Fiscal Decentralization, in Fiscal Studies
, 37(2), 285-300.
(2016), Hosting Multinationals: Economic and Fiscal Implications, in Aussenwirtschaft - Swiss Review of International Economic Relations
, 67, 45-66.
(2016), How Accurate are Surveyed Preferences for Public Policies? Evidence from a Unique Institutional Setup, in Review of Economics and Statistics
, 98(3), 442-454.
(2016), Insights from Switzerland's Pension System, 247-273.
(2016), Is Higher Nursing Home Quality More Costly?, in European Journal of Health Economics
, 17(8), 1011-1026.
(2016), On the Determinants of Happiness: A Classification and Regression Tree (CART) Approach, in Applied Economics Letters
, 23(2), 121-125.
(2016), Tax Competition and Tax Coordination in the European Union: A Survey, 295-311.
(2016), Taxing Multinationals in the Presence of Internal Capital Markets, in Journal of Public Economics
, 138, 58-71.
(2015), Do Nasty and Pleasant Surprises Regarding Tax Revenue Explain Spending Drifts? The Case of Swiss Cantons, in International Journal of Public Administration
, 38(4), 282-296.
(2015), Effects of Uncertainty and Opportunistic Renegotiations on Bidding Behaviour: Evidence from Toll Road Concessions, 285-314.
(2015), Estimating the Rivalness of State-Level Inward FDI, in Journal of Regional Science
, 55(1), 139-148.
(2015), Evaluating Rationality of Level and Growth Rate Forecasts of Direct Tax Revenues Under Flexible Loss Function: Evidence from Swiss Cantons, in Economics Letters
, 134, 65-68.
(2015), Financial Work Incentives for Disability Benefit Recipients: Lessons from a Randomized Field Experiment, in IZA Journal of Labor Policy
, 4(1), 1-18.
(2015), Gender Gaps in Policy Making: Evidence from Direct Democracy, in Economic Policy
, 30(81), 141-181.
(2015), Highway to Economic Growth? Competition in Public Works Tenders in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in South African Journal of Economics
, 83(2), 240-255.
(2015), How to Tame Two Leviathans? Revisiting the Effect of Direct Democracy on Local Public Expenditure, in European Journal of Political Economy
, 39, 82-93.
(2015), Incentive Effects of Fiscal Rules on the Finance Minister's Behaviour: Evidence from Revenue Projections in Swiss Cantons, in European Journal of Political Economy
, 39, 184-200.
(2015), Innovation, Trade and Finance, in American Economic Journal: Microeconomics
, 7(2), 1-37.
(2015), Introduction to the Special Issue on Redesigning the Welfare State for Aging Societies, in International Tax and Public Finance
, 22(4), 531-533.
(2015), Structural and Managerial Cost Differences in Nonprofit Nursing Homes, in Economic Modelling
, 51, 289-298.
(2015), Taxes in Cities, in Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics
, 5, 139-148.
(2015), The Pan-European Population Distribution Acrosss Consistently Defined Functional Urban Areas, in Economics Letters
, 133, 10-13.
(2014), Alleged Tax Competition: The Mysterious Death of Bequest Taxes in Switzerland, in Journal of Public Economics
, 111, 63-78.
(2014), Anti-Social Behavior in Profit and Nonprofit Organizations, in Journal of Public Economics
, 117, 149-161.
(2014), Job Assignment with Multivariate Skills and the Peter Principle, in Labour Economics
, 32, 112-121.
(2014), Spatial Sorting, in Journal of Political Economy
, 122(3), 554-620.
(2014), The Effect of Agglomeration Size on Local Taxes, in Journal of Economic Geography
, 14(2), 265-287.
, Corporate Flat Tax Reforms and Businesses’ Investment Decisions. Evidence from Switzerland, in International Tax and Public Finance
, Emerging Lessons from Half a Century of Fiscal Federalism in Switzerland, in Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics
, How Does Depreciations Management Affect Subsequent Fiscal Performance? The Case of the Swiss Cantons, in Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics
, How Much Do Means-Tested Benefits Reduce the Demand for Annuities?, in Journal of Pension Economics and Finance
, Inheritance Flows in Switzerland, 1911-2011, in Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics
, Introducing an IP-Licence Box in Switzerland: Quantifying the Effects, in International Tax and Public Finance
, Partisan Campaigning and Initiative Petition Signing in Direct Democracies, in Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics
, Ready to Reform: How Popular Initiatives Can Be Successful, in European Journal of Political Economy
, Volatile Top Income Shares in Switzerland? Reassessing the Evolution Between 1981 and 2010, in Review of Economics and Statistics
Switzerland represents a unique laboratory for the study of decentralized decision making and financing of public goods. The experience of the Swiss Confederation since 1848 can be seen as a real-world large-scale experiment. While the empirical public finance and political economics literatures have exploited Swiss data with considerable success for some time and produced evidence that has proven to be of interest far beyond the national context, the Swiss laboratory in its long-term historical dimension and its small-scale spatial dimension has as yet remained largely unexploited due to a lack of readily available data.This project therefore pursues three central aims.First, we shall continue our data collection effort aiming to assemble the most comprehensive longitudinal dataset on fiscal and political decentralization in Switzerland to date. In a precursor project, we concentrated our efforts on canton-level and municipality-level data from the early 1970s onward, in order to complement individual-level data on tax bases from federal income tax statistics. In the current project, we aim (a) to extend this database further into the past, and (b) to complement it with some variables that we did not have the resources to collect in the precursor project.Second, we aim to produce a number of high-level scientific papers, building on the longitudinal dataset collected through the precursor and the current Sinergia projects, on complementary data resources also compiled within the project, and on the collective expertise of the project collaborators. In addition to the shared data collection effort and the associated analysis, we foresee 16 subprojects. All of these subprojects are collaborative in nature. The common denominator is to analyze issues in public finance and political economics affecting federations. The majority of projects will use Swiss sub-federal data for empirical analyses and will therefore benefit directly from the centralized data collection effort. Publications in international peer-reviewed publications represent the principal target output for all subprojects, but we also aim to continue to contribute actively to Swiss public debate.Third, we aim to provide research and research-management experience for doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows, as well as for a number of student assistants. The longitudinal dataset and the 16 research subprojects will offer a rich source of interesting material for doctoral and post-doctoral research. Where possible, we shall strive to involve doctoral students in the project research sufficiently deeply for them to deserve coauthorship.We are organized around four research groups based respectively in Lausanne, Basel/Barcelona, Lugano/ETHZ and St.Gallen.