On the Measurement and Impact of Fiscal Decentralization
Robert D. Ebel
affiliation not provided to SSRN
World Bank Institute
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 2809
The typical post-Bretton Woods era development approach that emphasized central government-led development efforts has changed dramatically, and local governments have clearly emerged as players in development policy. The thinking about what is important to achieve in development objectives is changing as fiscal decentralization reforms are being pursued by many countries around the world. In this context, a number of studies have attempted to quantify the impact of decentralization by relating some measure of it to economic outcomes of fiscal stability, economic growth, and public sector size. But decentralization is surprisingly difficult to measure. Nearly all cases examining the relationship between decentralization and macroeconomic performance have relied on the Government Finance Statistics (GFS) of the International Monetary Fund. However, despite its merits, GFS falls short in providing a full picture of fiscal decentralization. For some countries, however, there is data that more accurately captures fiscal responsibilities among different types of governments.
This paper - a product of the Economic Policy and Poverty Reduction Division, World Bank Institute - is part of a larger effort in the institute to serve as a knowledge center and as a partner to achieve poverty reduction in developing and transition countries. The authors may be contacted at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Date posted: December 18, 2004
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