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Does Globalization Matter on Fiscal Decentralization? New Evidence from the OECD

Barbara Ermini and Raffaella Santolini ()

Global Economic Review, 2014, vol. 43, issue 2, 153-183

Abstract: In this paper, we re-examine the effects of globalization on fiscal decentralization of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries by using the overall KOF index of globalization and its main subcomponents -- economic, political and social integration. Using different indicators of fiscal decentralization, we find a positive impact of the overall index of globalization on both tax revenue and expenditure decentralization side, although not robust across different panel data specifications. Focusing on the links between decentralization and subcomponents of globalization, we find that both economic and social integration foster fiscal decentralization, whereas political integration inhibits its growth.

Date: 2014
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