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    Title: What Type of Fiscal Decentralization System Has Better Performance?
    Authors: 劉志宏
    Date: 2007
    Issue Date: 2016-06-22 10:59:04 (UTC+8)
    Abstract: Fiscal decentralization has been a pressing issue in the academic discipline of
    public finance as well as empirical economics for years. The conventional wisdom of
    fiscal decentralization advocates is that fiscal decentralization can facilitate the economic
    development of a country. In addition, the World Bank and IMF have identified over
    sixty countries where decentralization is an important element of development strategy.
    However, with the proliferating implementation of fiscal decentralization, the actual
    outcome has varied from country to country. Indeed, some countries did benefit from
    the introduction of fiscal decentralization policy. Meanwhile, quite a few other
    countries with a high degree of decentralization have suffered from economic crisis. In
    other words, the relationship between fiscal decentralization and economic performance
    is still inconclusive.
    A major barrier to understanding is the lack of well-defined theoretical framework
    to empirically measure fiscal decentralization in a policy relevant way. The most widely
    used measurement is the ratio of sub-national government expenditure/revenue to total
    government expenditure/revenue. But this indicator is criticized too simple to capture
    the dimensions of fiscal decentralization. Specifically, it ignores key qualitative
    dimensions, such as taxing power, borrowing power and the independence of local
    officials, which are also very important to implementing fiscal decentralization.
    The primary contribution of this dissertation is a novel theoretical framework for
    empirical measurement of fiscal decentralization. The research question is: what types
    of fiscal decentralization system produce better economic performance? The innovative
    methodology, the application of cluster analysis, enables us to incorporate the
    quantitative measurement of fiscal decentralization as well as qualitative dimensions.
    We go beyond the traditional way of measuring a country’s fiscal decentralization,
    treating it instead as a system with its own institutional design. Adopting this method
    requires us investigate the institutional arrangement for fiscal decentralization in a
    country. The institutional arrangement we review in detail includes: supra-national
    government, federal or unitary state, numbers of tiers of governments, taxing power,
    borrowing power, and independent local official. These components have also been
    recognized by many economists and policy analysts. What is original to this work is
    that, after identifying these institutional arrangements, we can group different countries
    with similar institutionally similar fiscal decentralization systems together in broad
    categories by using cluster analysis. We are then in a position to measure the successes
    of each cluster according to several indicators, such as: economic performance, fiscal
    performance, and governance performance. An inter- and intra-cluster comparison and
    one empirical model thus give a snapshot of the relationship between fiscal
    decentralization and economic performance. The ultimate goal, for policy analysis, is to
    be able to distinguish the desirable institutional arrangements of fiscal decentralization
    from the less desirable ones.
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