Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations

  • Ronald C. Fisher

Part of the Recent Economic Thought Series book series (RETH, volume 56)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Jeffrey Petchey, Perry Shapiro, Cliff Walsh
    Pages 99-137
  3. William N. Evans, Sheila E. Murray, Robert M. Schwab
    Pages 139-172
  4. Dick Netzer
    Pages 199-239
  5. William F. Fox, Matthew N. Murray
    Pages 241-287
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 289-300

About this book


The main objective of this book is to restate the important theories and evidence from economic analysis concerning intergovernmental fiscal issues. More importantly, the second objective of the book is to identify gaps in knowledge, empirical uncertainties, and missing theoretical structures and then to establish a preliminary agenda for new research on this topic.
The book is organized in two sections. The first covers the core body of intergovernmental fiscal relations, including optimal size for jurisdictions and assignment of public sector functions, the formulation and execution of tax policy in an intergovernmental setting, and the appropriate structure and use of intergovernmental transfers. In the second section, the core knowledge is applied to four major policy areas: education, welfare, fiscal interaction in urban areas, and economic development.
In thinking about a new research agenda, the authors call for more current and authoritative estimates of fiscal incidence, including interjurisdictional spillovers, for more fundamental research about the federation process and effects of consolidation, for new evidence about the long run, general equilibrium effects of interjurisdictional competition, and for basic research about the choice process and establishment of intergovernmental fiscal institutions and policies by federal and subnational governments.


Finance Public Sector competition development economic development education equilibrium general equilibrium growth institutions research science and technology welfare

Editors and affiliations

  • Ronald C. Fisher
    • 1
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6250-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5352-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-199X
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