Jorge Martinez-Vazquez
Andrey Timofeev

local fiscal equity in the usa (replication data)

Unlike many other countries, the United States does not have a comprehensive federal transfer scheme for explicit fiscal equalization but rather employs an array of categorical and block grants, some of which are formula-based while others are project-driven. However, the allocation of many of these grants has equalization effects resulting in the narrowing of fiscal disparities among jurisdictions. Few studies have attempted to quantify the extent of equalization achieved with federal and state grants in a manner that would allow comparisons across states and over time. In this study, we set out to measure the extent of equalization across local governments in the United States that is implicit in the federal grants system and more explicit in the grants implemented by the individual states. Rather than focusing on specific types of local services, we look at the evolution of per capita resources available to all types of local governments combined.

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Martinez-Vazquez, Jorge; Timofeev, Andrey (2022): Local Fiscal Equity in the USA (replication data). Version: 1. Journal of Economics and Statistics. Dataset.

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