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Title:Does the system of allocation of intergovernmental transfers in Senegal eliminate politically motivated targeting?
Author:Caldeira, EmilieISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Economies (ISSN 0963-8024)
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:fiscal policy
local finance
revenue allocation
External link:https://jae.oxfordjournals.org/content/21/2/167.full.pdf
Abstract:While there is a large body of literature on the determinants of allocation of intergovernmental fiscal transfers in developed countries, this kind of study is still very limited for developing countries, especially Sub-Saharan Africa countries. Using an original micro-level public finance panel data from Senegal, the author addresses three issues: (1) Does the Senegalese allocation system of fiscal transfers conform to the guidance of normative theory, in particular, to the equity principle? (2) Does this allocation system eliminate politically motivated targeting of transfers? (3) If not, what kind of political factors explain the horizontal allocation of fiscal resources? By rigorously estimating panel data for 67 local governments (communes) from 1997 to 2009, the results tend to show that equity concerns do not affect the allocation of intergovernmental grants in Senegal, leading to the conclusion that the resources distribution system does not comply with the dictates of normative theory. Moreover, the author finds evidence that political considerations influence the horizontal allocation of transfers. In particular, the analysis suggests that the distribution of central resources follows pattern of tactical redistribution more than patronage, swing communes being targeted while partisan communes are not. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]