Who do you blame in local finance? An analysis of municipal financing in Italy
Massimo Bordignon (),
Veronica Grembi and
Santino Piazza ()
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Santino Piazza: IRES Piemonte
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In a political agency model, we study the effect of introducing a less transparent tax tool for the financing of local governments. We show that lower quality politicians would use more the less transparent tax tool to enhance their probability of re-election. This prediction is tested by studying a reform that in 1999 allowed Italian municipalities to partially substitute a more accountable source of tax revenue (the property tax) with a less transparent one (a surcharge on the personal income tax of residents). Using a Difference in Difference approach, we show that in line with theory, Mayors at their first term in power adopted a higher surcharge on the personal income tax and reduced the property tax rate significantly more than Mayors in their final term.
Keywords: Fiscal federalism; tax transparency; agency Model; property tax (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D78 H71 H77 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: Who do you blame in local finance? An analysis of municipal financing in Italy (2017)
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Working Paper: Who do you blame in local finance? An analysis of municipal financing in Italy (2010)
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