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Validation of the Regional Authority Index

By ARJAN H. SCHAKEL

Abstract

This article validates the Regional Authority Index with seven widely used decentralization indices in the literature. A principal axis analysis reveals a common structure. The major source of disagreement between the Regional Authority Index and the other indices stems from the fact that the Regional Authority Index does not include local governance whereas most other indices do. Two other sources of disagreement concern the treatment of federal versus non-federal countries, and countries which have recently regionalized and/or have asymmetrical regions, whereby the more fine-grained Regional Authority index captures greater variation. The second part discusses content validity of fiscal indicators.

Topics: A12 - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines, G18 - Government Policy and Regulation, H72 - State and Local Budget and Expenditures, H71 - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1080/13597560801979498
OAI identifier: oai:mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de:8972

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