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Fiscal policy and spatial inequality in Latin America and beyond

Faguet, Jean-Paul and Shami, Mahvish (2008) Fiscal policy and spatial inequality in Latin America and beyond. Policy research working paper series, The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA.

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Abstract

We study the theoretical and empirical links between fiscal policy and spatial inequality, with a non-exclusive focus on Latin American countries. We outline the two main dimensions of fiscal policy vis-à-vis economic inequality, and show how these can be used to analyze specific policy measures. We examine why fiscal policies so often fail to have the ameliorative effects that theory predicts on spatial inequality, and explore ways to make policy tools more effective. We explore the relation between fiscal policies and spatial inequalities in three case studies: Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Lastly, we examine the effects of decentralization on spatial inequality in Bolivia.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.worldbank.org/
Additional Information: © 2008 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Departments > International Development
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2010 12:27
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27162/

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