Budget institutions and taxation

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Abstract

While a number of different studies have explored the effects of budgetary procedures and the centralization of the budget process on government debt, deficits and spending, few of them have explored whether such fiscal institutions matter for public revenue. This article argues that centralizing the budget process raises the levels of taxation by limiting the ability of individual government officials to veto tax increases in line with common-pool-problem arguments regarding public finances. Using detailed data on budgetary procedures from 15 EU countries, the empirical analysis shows that greater centralization of the budget process increases taxation as a share of GDP and that both the type of budget centralization and level of government fractionalization matter for the size of this effect. The results suggest that further centralizing the budget process limits government debt and deficits by increasing public revenues as well as constraining public spending.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Choice
Volume174
Issue number3-4
Pages (from-to)335-349
ISSN0048-5829
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1. Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Budget centralization
  • Fiscal institutions
  • Government fractionalization
  • Taxation, common-pool problem

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