Title

Measuring state and local government fiscal capacity: A new, comprehensive approach

Date of Award

1991

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Public Administration

Advisor(s)

Roy Bahl

Keywords

State government

Subject Categories

Public Administration

Abstract

This dissertation develops a comprehensive measure of fiscal capacity for state and local governments in the United States that considers the relationship between revenue-raising capacity and expenditure requirements. This fiscal capacity measure differs from other measures in its consideration of the dynamism between tax rates and tax bases, the linkages between federal tax policies and fiscal capacity, the prior claims presented against a jurisdiction's resource base, and the needs and costs of providing a standard level of government goods and services.

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