This paper provides 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.
The OECD fiscal decentralisation database provides comparative information on indicators analysed by level of government sector, [Federal or Central (including Social Security), State/regions and Local] for OECD member countries between 1995 and 2010.
Working papers for the fiscal federalism network
Other OECD work on Fiscal Federalism
This book offers an overview on recent trends and policies in intergovernmental fiscal relations and sub-central government.
Hundreds of thousands of elected sub-national governments worldwide provide services and levy taxes on residents and companies.
Being effective in government depends on navigating a complex multi-layered edifice, with different hierarchies, committees, and reporting structures within departments and ministries, and between national and local authorities. Explaining exactly how intergovernmental relations work is particularly problematic where taxation and public spending is concerned.
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The Fiscal Network provides member countries with the analytical and statistical underpinnings for decisions on sub-central public finance and fiscal relationships among central, state and local governments; is a high level, multidisciplinary policy dialogue platform, between policy makers from different ministries (Finance, Interior, Budget, etc); and provides policymakers with a network of contacts to learn from other countries’
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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Tax competition is the strategic interaction of tax policy between sub-central governments with the objective to attract and retain mobile tax bases. This paper evaluates the main issues regarding tax compettition.