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Ågren, Hanna
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Edmark, K. & Ågren, H. (2006). Identifying Strategic Interactions in Swedish Local Income Tax Policies. Uppsala: Department of Economics, Uppsala University
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2006 (English)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This paper uses data on Swedish local governments to test for strategic interaction in tax setting. We make no a priori assumptions regarding the underlying behaviour of individuals, but instead attempt to test for the presence and type of underlying spatial process. First, we employ the estimation methods used in most earlier studies, however, we stress that these methods are limited in identifying the source of interaction. Hence, we make use of a number of additional, indirect predictions from the theories of tax competition and yardstick competition, in order to test for the presence of strategic interaction. Using such additional predictions of the theories serves a twofold purpose - first it helps us establish if the spatial coefficient is due to strategic interactions or merely reflecting spatial error correlation, and second, it helps identify the source of interaction. The analysis provides strong evidence for spatial dependence in tax rates among Swedish local governments. Moreover, we find weak evidence of tax competition or yardstick competition effects in the setting of tax rates.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Department of Economics, Uppsala University, 2006. p. 36
Series
Working paper / Department of Economics, Uppsala University (Online), ISSN 1653-6975 ; 2006:22
National Category
Economics
Research subject
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-83097 (URN)
Available from: 2006-10-17 Created: 2006-10-17 Last updated: 2013-11-15Bibliographically approved
Dahlberg, M., Mörk, E., Rattsø, J. & Ågren, H. (2006). Using a discontinuous grant rule to identify the effect of grants on local taxes and spending. Uppsala: Department of Economics, Uppsala University
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2006 (English)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

When investigating the effects of federal grants on the behavior of lower-level governments, it is hard to defend the handling of grants as an exogenous factor affecting local governments; federal governments often set grants based on characteristics and performance of local governments. In this paper we make use of a discontinuity in the Swedish grant system in order to estimate the causal effects of general intergovernmental grants on local spending and local tax rates. The formula for the distribution of funds is used as an exclusion restriction in an IV-estimation. We find evidence of crowding-in, where federal grants are shifted to more local spending, but not to reduced local tax rates. Our results thus confirm a flypaper effect for Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Department of Economics, Uppsala University, 2006. p. 26
Series
Working paper / Department of Economics, Uppsala University (Online), ISSN 1653-6975 ; 2006:25
National Category
Economics
Research subject
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-83587 (URN)
Available from: 2006-11-07 Created: 2006-11-07 Last updated: 2013-11-15Bibliographically approved
Dahlberg, M., Mörk, E. & Ågren, H. (2005). Har kommunens storlek någon betydelse för den lokala demokratin?. Ekonomisk Debatt, 5, 33-47
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Har kommunens storlek någon betydelse för den lokala demokratin?
2005 (Swedish)In: Ekonomisk Debatt, ISSN 0345-2646, Vol. 5, p. 33-47Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-79206 (URN)
Available from: 2006-04-05 Created: 2006-04-05 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
Dahlberg, M. & Ågren, H. (2005). Swedish Economic National Report. In: Yearbook for Nordic Tax Research 2005: Local Taxation. : Universitetsforlaget, Oslo
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2005 (English)In: Yearbook for Nordic Tax Research 2005: Local Taxation, Universitetsforlaget, Oslo , 2005Chapter in book (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Universitetsforlaget, Oslo, 2005
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-79285 (URN)
Available from: 2006-04-06 Created: 2006-04-06
Ågren, H. (2004). Two Essays on Political Representation. (Licentiate dissertation). : Department of Economics, Uppsala
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2004 (English)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Department of Economics, Uppsala, 2004
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-86257 (URN)
Available from: 2005-02-08 Created: 2005-02-08
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