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Acto: Workshop

IV Workshop on Fiscal Federalism: Decentralization: Political Accountability, Corruption and Economic Outcomes

Inicio: junio 30, 2011 Final: julio 01, 2011

“SALA DE RECEPCIONS” and “AULA 105” of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Barcelona


The aim of this workshop is to analyze the extent to which decentralization affects the accountability of political institutions, levels of corruption, and economic outcomes like innovation, economic growth, and the reduction of poverty. Several related questions may also be discussed during the workshop, such as the effectiveness of lobbies in a decentralized environment, the ability of a decentralized system to react to macroeconomic shocks, the determinants of decentralization, and so on.


The aim of this workshop is to bring together a set of empirical and theoretical papers to cast light on these issues.


Brian Knight (Brown University)

Michael Smart (University of Toronto)

Daniel Treisman (University of California, Los Angeles)

Topics of Interest

Is policy diffusion enhanced by decentralization?


Political economy of grant allocation


Is lobbying more or less effective under decentralization?


Corruption in the public sector: determinants and consequences


Macroeconomic management under decentralization


Taxes vs. grants: how do they affect the process of accountability?


Decentralization and political accountability


Vertical and horizontal tax competition: identification and source of interaction


Decentralization: a remedy or a way to promote corruption?

Scientific Committee

Núria Bosch-Roca (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Alejandro Esteller-Moré (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Brian Knight (Brown University)

Eva Mörk (Uppsala University & IFAU & IEB)

Michael Smart (University of Toronto)

Albert Solé-Ollé (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Pilar Sorribas-Navarro (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Daniel Treisman (University of California, Los Angeles)


Organizing Committee

Alejandro Esteller-Moré (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Amedeo Piolatto (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Pilar Sorribas-Navarro (University of Barcelona & IEB)


Deadline for submission of papers: April 1, 2011

Deadline for acceptance of papers: April 25, 2011

Registration: April 6 to June 17, 2011


Registration and further information

The registration fee of 425 Euros covers documentation, coffee breaks and working lunches. Participants who present papers are exempt from this payment, and will also be provided free accommodation. Papers should be sent to Only papers presented in PDF format will be considered. This web page will be regularly updated, all interested scholars are invited to surf it, to be informed of the latest news.