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Fiscal Constitution and Regional Disparities in Economic Development: An Exploration of the Cases of Colombia, Canada and Spain

Rodriguez, Jorge Armando (2009) Fiscal Constitution and Regional Disparities in Economic Development: An Exploration of the Cases of Colombia, Canada and Spain. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Inquiring into the fiscal constitution and the regional economic geography of Colombia, this dissertation carries out an exploration of the linkages running from the fundamental fiscal rules of the country's multilevel system of government to the disparities in economic development among its regions, or, more precisely, among the jurisdictions of the intermediate level of government. With a comparative focus and with an eye to identifying factors that accentuate or moderate regional economic disparities in Colombia, it also offers an analysis of selected aspects of the fiscal constitutions of Canada and Spain, where, akin to the Colombian case, a less uneven regional economic development is a constitutionally declared governmental goal. Three dimensions of regional economic development are considered, namely, education, health, and income.Similarities and differences in the assignment of functions of government and the design of taxes, intergovernmental transfers and the rules of public indebtedness between cases belonging to the same legal tradition (Colombia and Spain for the civil law tradition) and to different legal traditions (e.g., Colombia vis-à-vis Canada, where the latter to a good extent fits in the common law tradition) are singled out and illustrated, and so are relevant quantitative patterns of the multilevel government finances and the outcomes in the three dimensions of development under study, using longitudinal and cross-section data for within and between country analysis. A sample of policy makers affiliated with the Colombian national and subnational levels of government, interviewed for the study, provide insights into the workings of intergovernmental relations, especially regarding the pros and cons of political and fiscal decentralization, as designed and implemented in Colombia, for regional and local development. The dissertation discusses and exemplifies some ways of assessing the adaptability and robustness of the Colombian fiscal constitution and of harnessing the fiscal state, through the legal system, to deal with regional economic disparities, drawing from the international comparative exercise and from a variety of theoretical approaches, including the economic analysis of law and the theories of public finance and public policy design.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Rodriguez, Jorge
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairComfort, Louiselkc@pitt.eduLKC
Committee MemberMiller, David Y.dymiller@pitt.eduDYMILLER
Committee MemberAndrews, George Reidreid1@pitt.eduREID1
Committee MemberNelson, Lisa S.lsnelson@pitt.eduLSNELSON
Date: 30 June 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 26 January 2009
Approval Date: 30 June 2009
Submission Date: 26 May 2009
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fiscal decentralization; Law and economics; Multi-level government; Public finance; Regional economic geography
Other ID:, etd-05262009-214107
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:45
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:44


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