The Political Economy of Fixed Regional Public Expenditure Shares with an Illustration for Belgian Railway Investments

Proost, Stef and Zaporozhets, Vera (2013) The Political Economy of Fixed Regional Public Expenditure Shares with an Illustration for Belgian Railway Investments. Regional Science and Urban Economics, vol. 43 (n° 5). pp. 808-815.

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Abstract

Many local public goods are allocated by federal governments using fixed regional shares: every region is entitled a fixed share of the total budget for a particular type of public good. This paper explores two characteristics of this type of allocation. First, it shows that this type of allocation is relatively efficient as it puts a strict budget constraint on the decisive region. Second, we show that these fixed shares can be an equilibrium of different legislative bargaining processes. The working of the fixed sharing rules is illustrated for the allocation of railway investments in Belgium.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2013
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Local public goods, Political economy, Railways
JEL codes: H41 - Public Goods
H77 - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism; Secession
L98 - Government Policy
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 17:38
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 13:22
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:27572
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/15713

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