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Fiscal Federalism in Argentina: Policies, Politics, and Institutional Reform

Mariano Tommasi (), Sebastian Saiegh () and Pablo Sanguinetti ()

Economía Journal, 2001, vol. Volume 1 Number 2, issue Spring 2001, 157-212

Abstract: Argentine fiscal federalism is considered to be very inefficient by all specialists. Its allocation of tax and spending authorities, and its system of intergovernmental transfers do not correspond to any economic criteria and provide all sorts of perverse incentives and obstacles for sound economic policies. Agreeing with the above diagnostic, we attempt to take a step further and to provide an explanation for the many inefficient features of Argentine fiscal federalism. In order to do that, we apply and further develop an approach, presented in Spiller and Tommasi (2000) that tries to explain public policies as the outcome of political transactions. These approach argues that the nature and characteristics of the observed policies will be conditioned by the rules of the political game under which those transactions / policies are made. Hence, it refocuses policy recommendations" from the level of policy reform to the level of institutional reforms, with emphasis on political institutions."

Keywords: Fiscal Federalism; tax allocation; public policy; Argentina (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H21 H30 H77 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001
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