Federalism and Fiscal Transfers: Essays on Australia, Germany, Switzerland and the United States

Federalism and Fiscal Transfers: Essays on Australia, Germany, Switzerland and the United States, Fraser Institute, October 2013

76 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2013

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Jason Clemens

Fraser Institute

Neils Veldhuis

Fraser Institute

Stephen Kirchner

Fraser Institute

Chris Edwards

Cato Institute

Pierre Bessard

Liberales Institut Zurich

Charles B. Blankart

Humboldt University of Berlin - Faculty of Economics

Date Written: October 21, 2013

Abstract

Surprisingly, very little attention has been given in Canada to the ways other federalist countries manage programs similar to Canada’s equalization program. Federalism and Fiscal Transfers is a series of essays by regional experts examining the experience of four other federalist countries -- Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States -- and how they transfer revenues from the federal government to subnational levels of government. The report aims to identify ways Canada could improve its own program of transfers to the provinces.

One common finding is that poorer jurisdictions come to rely on the infusion of federal cash from senior governments. Consequently, they have little incentive to take action to improve their economic position through better policies, something that has also been observed in Canada.

Possible solutions the authors identify are to simplify the transfer programs and give receiving jurisdictions more autonomy in how they use federal transfers, either through block grants or untied transfers.

Keywords: Government spending

Suggested Citation

Clemens, Jason and Veldhuis, Neils and Kirchner, Stephen and Edwards, Chris and Bessard, Pierre and Blankart, Charles B., Federalism and Fiscal Transfers: Essays on Australia, Germany, Switzerland and the United States (October 21, 2013). Federalism and Fiscal Transfers: Essays on Australia, Germany, Switzerland and the United States, Fraser Institute, October 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2345398

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Stephen Kirchner

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Chris Edwards

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Pierre Bessard

Liberales Institut Zurich ( email )

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Charles B. Blankart

Humboldt University of Berlin - Faculty of Economics ( email )

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