Working Papers


17-July-2009

English

Economic growth and the role of taxation- disaggregate data

This paper surveys the empirical analysis of disaggregate data on growth. The aim is to identify how economic policy can affect the choices that have been identified as influences upon the rate of growth.

17-July-2009

English

Economic growth and the role of taxation – Theory

This paper provides a self-contained introduction to the economic modelling of growth and reviews the theoretical evidence on the extent of the link between taxation and growth.

8-July-2009

English

Taxes or grants: what revenue source for sub-central governments?

This paper analyses trends in and driving forces of the revenue composition of sub-central governments (SCG).

8-July-2009

English

The spending power of sub-central governments: A pilot study

This pilot study presents indicators that assess sub-central government (SCG) spending power by policy area. Traditional indicators are often misleading as they underestimate the impact of central government regulation on sub-central spending patterns.

6-July-2009

English

Price and volume elasticities of Brazilian foreign trade: A profit function approach

To investigate the possible impact of terms of trade gains on the real economy, this paper estimates normalised quadratic input demand and output supply functions for the Brazilian economy during 1997-2008.

6-July-2009

English

Current account sustainability in Brazil: A non linear approach

To shed further light on this issue in the context of emerging market economies, this paper uses Brazilian data to estimate the determinants of the current account in a smooth transition vector autoregressive (ST VAR) setting.

17-June-2009

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Working Paper 10: Finding the Dividing Line between Tax Sharing and Grants: A Statistical Investigation

Tax sharing and intergovernmental grants are two sub-central funding arrangements that are often difficult to disentangle. The dividing line is not drawn uniformly across OECD countries or across time, and rules established in National Accounts, Revenue Statistics and others give incomplete guidance. Moreover, tax sharing arrangements may differ according to how tax revenue is distributed across individual jurisdictions. In order to

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10-June-2009

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Working Paper 9: The Fiscal Autonomy of Sub-Central Governments: An Update

This paper describes the progress that has been made since 2006 in establishing statistical databases on tax autonomy and intergovernmental grants, aiming to better understand sub-central finance and intergovernmental fiscal relations. The paper is divided into two parts: a first part on taxing power of sub-central governments, and a second part on intergovernmental grants. Some of the work presented here is an update of earlier

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18-May-2009

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Working Paper 7: Taxes and Grants: On the Revenue Mix of Sub-Central Governments

This paper analyses trends and driving forces in the revenue composition of sub-central government (SCG). Between 1995 and 2005 the share of SCG in total government spending increased significantly from 31 to 33 percent while the SCG tax share remained stable at around 17 percent, increasing SCG’s dependence on intergovernmental grants. While equal access to public services is the most common justification for such grants, the grant

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18-May-2009

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Working Paper 8: The Spending Power of Sub-Central Governments: A Pilot Study

This pilot study presents indicators that assess sub-central government (SCG) spending power by policy area. Traditional indicators – such as the share of SCG in total government spending – are often misleading as they underestimate the impact of central government regulation on sub-central spending patterns. In order to gauge true spending power, a set of institutional indicators is established, based on a detailed assessment of

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