Decentralization is assuming larger proportions in the Fund’s policy dialog with several
member countries, and has featured centrally in a number of recent programs. This conference
will focus on the prerequisites for effective service delivery and good governance in an
increasingly decentralized world, and for the concomitant macro-management of the economies
The program covers key policy issues, as well as lessons from different parts of the world.
Many distinguished academics and practitioners have agreed to present papers or act as
discussants. There will also be several World Bank presenters.
| 9:00 a.m.
||Welcoming Remarks — Horst Köhler
||On Fiscal Federalism: Issues to
Author: Vito Tanzi (FAD)
| ||Governance and Institutions|
Chair: Vito Tanzi (FAD)
||An Introduction to
Author: A. Breton (University of Toronto, and
International Centre for Economic Research, Turin, Italy
||Decentralization and the
Quality of Government|
Author: D. Treisman (University of California at Los Angeles)
||Localization and Corruption:
Panacea or Pandora’s Box?|
Authors: Tugrul Gurgur (World Bank) and Anwar Shah (World Bank)
||Does Decentralization Serve
Authors: Joachim von Braun (Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung, University of
Bonn) and Ulrike Grote (Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung, University of Bonn)
||Discussant: Michael Keen (FAD)
Chair: E. Hernandez-Cata (IMF, African Department)
||Fiscal Decentralization in East
and Southern Africa: A Selective Review of Experience and Thoughts on Moving
Author: P. Smoke (New York University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Author: G. Brosio (University of Turin)
||Discussant: I. Momoniat (Ministry of Finance, South
Chair: Mario Blejer (IMF, Asia and Pacific Department)
||Fiscal Decentralization in Indian
Author: Govinda Rao (Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore)
Authors: Ehtisham Ahmad (FAD) and Ali Mansoor (FAD)
||Discussant: Ke-young Chu (FAD)
| ||Latin America|
Chair: Claudio Loser (IMF, Western Hemisphere Department)
| 4:45 p.m.
||Recent Developments on
Federalism and Decentralization: Lessons from the Argentine Experience|
Author: E. Rezk (University of Cordoba/Ministry of Finance, Argentina)
| 4:55 p.m.
||Sub-national Borrowing in Argentina|
Author: Juan Pablo Jimenez (Ministry of Economy, Argentina)
| 5:10 p.m.
||Brazil: An Evolving
Authors: José Afonso (Fiscal Affairs Department of the Brazilian National
Development Bank) and Luiz de Mello (FAD)
||Discussant: Teresa Ter-Minassian (IMF, Western
| || |
| ||Transition Economies|
Chair: Nick Stern (World Bank)
| 9:00 a.m.
Work—The Case of Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan|
Authors: J. Martinez-Vazquez (Georgia State University), Era Dabla-Norris (IMF
Institute), and J. Norregaard (FAD)
| 9:20 a.m.
||Fiscal Federalist Relations in
A Case for Subnational Autonomy|
Authors: Aleksei Lavrov (Ministry of Finance, Russian Federation), John Litwack
(Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development), and D. Sutherland (Organisation
for Economic Co-Operation and Development)
| 9:40 a.m.
||The Effectiveness of
Decentralization in Hungary and Slovakia|
Author: Jean-Jacques Dethier (World Bank)
| 10:30 a.m.
Authors: E. Ahmad (FAD), Li Keping (Macroeconomic Division, State Council,
Beijing), and T. Richardson (IMF, European II Department)
||Discussant: Christine Wallich (Asian
Development Bank/World Bank)
| ||European Union|
Chair: Michael Deppler (IMF, European I Department)
| 2:00 p.m.
||Consensus Democracy and
Inter-jurisdictional Fiscal Solidarity in Germany|
Authors: P. Bernd Spahn (University of Frankfurt) and Oliver Franz (University of
| 2:20 p.m.
||Decentralization in a
Supranationality—the Case of the European Union|
Author: Pierre Salmon (Université de Bourgogne)
Relations in Italy|
Author: Piero Giarda (Vice-Minister, Ministry of Treasury, Rome)
||Fiscal Decentralization in
Author: Julio Vinuela (FAD)
||Discussant: Pierre Pestieu (University of
Liège and FAD)
Chair: Vito Tanzi (FAD)
||Authors: A. Breton (University of Toronto), I.
Momoniat (Ministry of Finance, South Africa), C. Wallich (Asian Development Bank/World
Bank), J.P. Jimenez (Ministry of Economy and Finance, Argentina), P. Giarda (Ministry of