Thursday, November 11, 2010

Innovations in local public finances in Latin America


This research will study municipal capacity in order to find out
whether further autonomy leads to cities engaging in more or less
economic development activities.

What explains the degree of fiscal autonomy a municipality might have?
What contributes to the greater degrees of fiscal autonomy for a
municipality? Two what extent does fiscal autonomy influence the
economic development of a municipality? What factors generate a
greater or lesser autonomy for a municipality?

To what extent do cities that have greater fiscal autonomy have in the
implementation of economic development programs?

Ho: If a municipality has greater degree of fiscal autonomy than the
city will be more likely to engage in economic development activities.

Economic development programs is dependent variable
Autonomy is key independent variable

The variation among the cities to engage in entrepreneurial
finances?bonds, outside aid, trust funds, increase taxes or revenue
source?will be evaluated.

Four communities are composite measures for autonomy.
(This will be evaluated in a likart scale of 1-3, measured as high,
medium to low.)

Revenue Generation
Does the municipality have a high or low ability to increase taxes?
Does the municipality have a high or low ability to set tax rates?
Does the municipality have a high or low capacity to issue bonds?
Does the municipality have a high or low capacity to discretion to use
trust funds?
Does the municipality have a high or low ability to role over funds?


Methodology
Comparison of the autonomy and the discretion a municipality has
between the intergovernmental frameworks of Mexico and Argentina

Therefore the next would be a comparison between two cities in
Argentina and two cities in Mexico efforts at entrepreneurial finances.


What are the implications for municipalities if they are dependent on
a specific funding mechanism? What if a municipality is dependent on
one fund over another? What are the implications to the city?s budget
and development programs?

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