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Synthesising good practices in fiscal federalism: Key recommendations from 15 years of country surveys

Kass Forman, Sean Dougherty () and Hansjörg Blöchliger

No 28, OECD Economic Policy Papers from OECD Publishing

Abstract: The design of intergovernmental fiscal relations can help to ensure that tax and spending powers are assigned in a way to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Decentralisation can enable sub-central governments to provide better public services for households and firms, while it can also make intergovernmental frameworks more complex, harming equity. The challenges of fiscal federalism are multi-faceted and involve difficult trade-offs. This synthesis paper consolidates much of the OECD’s work on fiscal federalism over the past 15 years, with a particular focus on OECD Economic Surveys. The paper identifies a range of good practices on the design of country policies and institutions related strengthening fiscal capacity delineating responsibilities across evels of government and improving intergovernmental co-ordination.

Keywords: fiscal decentralisation; intergovernmental co-ordination; public service delivery; spending; taxation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H71 H72 H75 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-04-14
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