Regional inequalities, fiscal decentralization and government quality

Andreas P. Kyriacou, Leonel Muinelo-Gallo, Oriol Roca-Sagalés

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© 2016 Regional Studies Association. Regional inequalities, fiscal decentralization and government quality. Regional Studies. There are theoretical arguments supporting the view that regional income inequalities, the degree of fiscal decentralization and the quality of government are simultaneously determined. This article argues that existing empirical work has failed to deal adequately with this possibility. In light of this, it applies a simultaneous equation model, which accounts for the joint determination of these three variables, to a panel of 23 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. The empirical evidence that emerges from the analysis suggests that a process of fiscal decentralization, accompanied by measures to improve the quality of government, would be an effective strategy for reducing regional inequalities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-957
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2017


  • fiscal decentralization
  • governance
  • panel data
  • regional inequalities
  • reverse causality
  • simultaneous equations models


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