Reflections on Assessing Urban Fiscal Health

33 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2014

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Richard M. Bird

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Date Written: February 9, 2014


This paper considers several distinct but related aspects of what we are doing when we attempt to measure and evaluate the fiscal health of cities: How is the fiscal health of cities defined in the literature? How is this concept related to fiscal sustainability? How may fiscal health be measured in practice? And to what extent may fiscal health indicators be interpreted as representing local fiscal effort or performance?

Keywords: fiscal health, fiscal sustainability, local finance, cities

JEL Classification: H70, R51

Suggested Citation

Bird, Richard Miller, Reflections on Assessing Urban Fiscal Health (February 9, 2014). Rotman School of Management Working Paper No. 2423000, Available at SSRN: or

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