The Interregional Incidence of Central Budgets in Federations: Some Evidence from Canada

19 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2007

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François Vaillancourt

University of Montreal

Richard M. Bird

University of Toronto - Joseph L. Rotman School of Management; Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Public Policy

Abstract

We review the evidence on the regional incidence of federal budgets in Canada, considering both aggregate results and some specific federal expenditure programs as well as some relevant issues (e.g., the regional effect of some regulatory programs) not captured in fiscal flows. The regional distributional pattern revealed in this analysis is both robust to various reasonable adjustments and relatively stable over time. However, although such studies may provide a useful baseline for assessing performance in some respects, they cannot be used to demonstrate that one region is paying (or receiving) "too much" or "too little" in a meaningful sense.

Suggested Citation

Vaillancourt, François and Bird, Richard Miller, The Interregional Incidence of Central Budgets in Federations: Some Evidence from Canada. Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 1-19, Spring 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=961957 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5850.2007.00866.x

François Vaillancourt (Contact Author)

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Richard Miller Bird

University of Toronto - Joseph L. Rotman School of Management ( email )

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Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Public Policy

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