A Scandinavian "high-tax, high-spend" model for regions? The impact of enhanced fiscal autonomy

Tobias Emonts-Holley, Alastair Greig, Patrizio Lecca, Katerina Lisenkova, Peter McGregor, J. Kim Swales

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Abstract

The fiscal powers of the Scottish Government have increased significantly, resulting in the first (modest) regional differences in income tax rates within the UK. In fact, the current degree of fiscal autonomy would permit a radical shift towards a high-tax, high-spend “Scandinavian model”. We find that the impact of such a change on the Scottish economy is likely to be positive only if the public value the increased public spending and are willing, and able, to accept a corresponding reduction in their take home pay. We conclude that the current bargaining system is unlikely to deliver such an outcome.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
JournalSpatial Economic Analysis
Early online date23 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • regional fiscal autonomy
  • income tax

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