Expenditure Decentralization: Does It Make Us Happier? An Empirical Analysis Using a Panel of Countries
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This paper analyzes whether fiscal decentralization of education, health, housing, social protection, recreation, culture and religion, public order and safety, and transportation have a significant effect on individual well-being. The empirical analysis is based on a non-linear hierarchical model that combines individual data (level 1) with country-level data (level 2). We match 89,584 observations from the World Value Service and the European Value Service (various years) with the average value of data recorded for 30 countries by the Government Financial Statistics (IMF). While fiscal decentralization in education and housing appears to have a negative effect on well-being, this effect is positive in the cases of health and culture and recreation. We interpret this as evidence in favor of a "selective" decentralization approach.
CONICYT (Scientific and Technological Research Commission (Grant FONDECYT, Chile) 1171464 Spanish State Investigation Agency Andalusian Government University of Granada A-SEJ-154-UGR18 I + D + I Projects Operative Program FEDER the Andalusian PAIDI: P18-TP-4475
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Quote ItemSustainability 2020, 12, 7236
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