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Luc Eyraud, Anita Tuladhar, Julio Escolano, Marialuz Moreno Badia, and Juliane Sarnes
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
This paper analyzes the impact of decentralization on overall fiscal performance in the European Union, taking into account fiscal institutional arrangements. We find that spending decentralization has been associated with sizably better fiscal performance, especially when transfer dependency of subnational governments is low. However, subnational fiscal rules do not seem to be associated with better performance.