Fiscal federalism network


  • Latest publication: Fiscal Federalism 2016 - Making Decentralisation Work

    “Fiscal Federalism 2016” proposes reform options for intergovernmental fiscal frameworks and sub-central public finance. After summarising trends and developments in decentralisation since 1995, the book examines: fiscal constitutions and how they shape fiscal outcomes; the recurrent tax on immovable property and how it may underpin an inclusive tax system; how own taxation rather than grants may help increase government accountability and efficiency; how sub-national governments should monitor and manage debt; and the spending power of sub-national governments.

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  • Reforming Fiscal Federalism: Beyond the Zero-Sum Game

    This book describes and examines reforms of fiscal federalism and local government in 10 OECD countries implemented over the past decade.

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  • Does Fiscal Decentralisation Foster Regional Convergence?

    Across the OECD, GDP per capita is converging. In contrast, regional disparities - or differences in GDP per capita across jurisdictions - are rising, mainly as a result of widening productivity differences.

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The OECD Network on Fiscal Relations across Levels of Government provides analysis and statistical underpinnings on the relationship between central and subcentral government, and its impact on efficiency, equity and macroeconomic stability.



First-ever Asian Roundtable of the OECD Network on Fiscal Relations in Seoul

The first-ever meeting of the KIPF-OECD Roundtable of the Network on Fiscal Relations in Asia (RoNFRA) took place on 18-19 December 2017 in Seoul, Korea. The theme of the workshop was “Making fiscal decentralization work for inclusive growth in Asia”, and it brought together experts and policymakers from across Asia, as well as elsewhere in the OECD. Papers will be edited into a new volume in the OECD Fiscal Federalism Studies series. Given the current economic context around the world, inclusive growth is a hugely important topic and has become a key national policy objective in many countries. Since subnational governments are involved in so many aspects of policymaking, it is natural to investigate how and to what extent subnational governments can play a role for inclusive growth.

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Asian Roundtable of the OECD Network on Fiscal Relations



Fiscal Federalism 2016

‌‌Fiscal Federalism 2016 - Making Decentralisation Work
Published on June 20, 2016

Fiscal Federalism 2016 surveys recent trends and policies in intergovernmental fiscal relations and sub-central government. Accessible and easy-to read chapters provide insight: into growing spending and tax devolution; the fiscal constitutions of federal countries; how immovable property taxation is regaining its former significance; on the true spending power of sub central governments...

Institutions of Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations

‌Institutions of Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations
Published on November 18, 2015

This book brings together academics and practitioners dealing with or being involved in shaping the institutions of intergovernmental fiscal relations. It has an interdisciplinary focus and provides insight from various academic or practitioners’ fields: economists, political scientists, budget management specialists and others.

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Sub-central Tax Autonomy

An update of the indicators that measure the tax autonomy of sub-central governments in OECD countries. Over the last decade, tax autonomy at the state level increased, while it hardly changed at the local level. The OECD now has tax autonomy indicators for the years 1995, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011.