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Changing needs, sticky budget: evidence from the geographic distribution of US federal grants

Larcinese, Valentino ORCID: 0000-0002-7780-3093, Rizzo, Leonzio and Testa, Cecilia (2013) Changing needs, sticky budget: evidence from the geographic distribution of US federal grants. National Tax Journal, 66 (2). pp. 311-342. ISSN 0028-0283

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Most US federal grants are allocated through arguably obsolete formulas, leading fast growing states to contend that they are not receiving their fair share of the budget. We shed lights on this issue analyzing the allocation of formula and nonformula grants during the period 1978-2002. We find that states with fast growing population are penalized in the allocation of formula programs. The estimated losses are sizeable and heavily concentrated among the three fastest growing states. Nevertheless, the majority of the US states is on the winning side, thus providing a plausible explanation for the status quo bias in budgetary formulas.

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Additional Information: © 2013 National Tax Association
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D72 - Economic Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
H - Public Economics > H6 - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt > H61 - Budget; Budget Systems
H - Public Economics > H7 - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations > H77 - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism; Secession
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2015 09:50
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:46

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