Introduction: Challenges in the Design of Fiscal Eqaulization and Intergovernmental Transfers.- The Nature of Equalization - Objectives and Consequences: Fiscal Capacity Equalization and Economic Efficiency: The Case of Australia.- Ensuring Inter-regional Equity and Poverty Reduction.- The Impact of Equalization on Service Delivery.- Harmonizing Objectives and Outcomes at the National and Sub-national Levels through Citizen Engagement and Capacity Building (with special references to the Philippines).- Discussant comments.- The Institutional Setting.- A Framework for Evaluating Alternate Institutional Arrangements for Fiscal Equalization Transfers.- Intergovernmental Transfers: The Funding Rule and Mechanisms.- Intergovernmental Iransfers: The Vertical Sharing Dimension.- Discussant comments.- Challenges in Implementing Equalization.- Expenditure-Based Equalization Transfers.- Designing Intergovernmental Equalization Transfers with Imperfect Data: Concepts, Practices, and Lessons.- A Model for Public Infrastructure Eqaulization in Transitional Economies.- Discussant comments.- The Relationship of Equalization to Other Policies.- Revenue Sharing, Natural Resources and Fiscal Eqaulization.- The Nature and Functions of Tied Grants.- Intergovernmental Loans: Their Fit into a Transfer System.- Discussant comments.- The Bigger Picture.- The Political Economy of Equalization Transfers.- Discussant comments.- Index.
In this book, experts from across the globe highlight the state of knowledge in intergovernmental transfer design. The essays collected in the volume represent creative new thinking about challenging policy issues and offer useful options for policy makers. The book offers academics and practitioners a thorough, thematic assessment of unresolved issues in the design of equalization grants.
Offers academics and practitioners a thorough, thematic assessment of unresolved issues in the design of equalization grants
Experts from across the globe address institutions, designs, methods, and processes