The Role of Fiscal Transfers in Smoothing Regional Shocks : Evidence from Existing Federations

Author/Editor:

Tigran Poghosyan ; Abdelhak S Senhadji ; Carlo Cottarelli

Publication Date:

July 21, 2016

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We assess the extent to which fiscal transfers smooth regional shocks in three large federations: the U.S., Canada, and Australia. We find that fiscal transfers offset 4-11 percent of idiosyncratic shocks (risk-sharing) and 13-24 percent of permanent shocks (redistribution). This fiscal insurance largely operates through automatic stabilizers embedded in a central budget primarily through federal taxes and transfers to individuals, rather than transfers from the central government to state budgets. These results have implications for the design of fiscal risk-sharing mechanisms in the euro area.

Series:

Working Paper No. 16/141

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 21, 2016

ISBN/ISSN:

9781498379601/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2016141

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

34

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