Oil Revenue Assignments: Country Experiences and Issues

 
Author/Editor: Ahmad, Ehtisham ; Mottu, Eric
 
Publication Date: November 01, 2002
 
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Summary: Based on country experiences, the paper assesses policy options to assign oil revenues to subnational governments (SNGs). The literature recommends that oil revenues be centralized. Given political economy considerations, this paper suggests that a possible alternative is to assign stable oil-tax bases to oil-producing SNGs, supplementing these with predictable transfers from the center. Although commonly used, oil revenue-sharing arrangements are the least preferable solution, as they complicate macroeconomic management and do not provide stable financing. Revenue sharing also does not diffuse separatist tendencies, since oil-producing SNGs would still be better off by keeping their oil revenues in full.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 02/203
Subject(s): Oil revenues | Canada | Colombia | Indonesia | Mexico | Nigeria | Russian Federation | United Arab Emirates | United States | Venezuela, Republica Bolivariana de | Venezuela, República Bolivariana de

Author's Keyword(s): Oil revenue | tax assignment | revenue sharing | oil-producing countries | Canada | Columbia | Indonesia | Mexico | Nigeria |
 
English
Publication Date: November 01, 2002
ISBN/ISSN: 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2032002 Pages: 26
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