11.487 Urban Public Finance in Developing Countries, Fall 2003
Author(s)Kim, Annette M.
Urban Public Finance in Developing Countries
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Analysis of the structure and operation of government systems in developing countries, with particular emphasis on regional and local governments. Major topics include: the role of decentralization in national economic reform programs; the potential impact of decentralized governments on local economic development; determination of optimal arrangements for sharing fiscal responsibilities among levels of government; evaluation of local revenue and expenditure decisions; and assessment of prospects and options for intergovernmental fiscal reform. Emphasis on basic economic concerns, with consideration given to political, institutional, and cultural factors.
basic economic concerns, developing countries, public goods, externalities, economic development, balance sheets, fiscal gap, revenues, expenditures, budget deficits, inflation, public finance theory, efficiency, optimal taxation, optimal user fees, basic microeconomic theory, equity, incidence, general equilibrium model, property taxation, tax reform, intergovernmental fiscal relations, fiscal federalism, decentralization, transfers, international lending agencies, programming assistance, conditionalities, public debt, structural adjustment, private sector participation, microfinance