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Fiscal decentralization has recently gained popularity throughout the world. This study examines how revenue decentralization influences subnational budgetary balances and how it affects the general government debt in the OECD countries. We applied panel regression analysis to an annual panel dataset that includes data from 23 countries from 1990 to 2020. Then, we explore the relationship between fiscal/revenue autonomy and public finance debt thus budgetary balances at the SNG level. Our empirical findings suggest that higher levels of SNG budget discipline are associated with greater revenue autonomy. The findings also suggest that general governments should consider delegating greater fiscal autonomy to SNGs to achieve better fiscal outcomes, including lower levels of general government public debt. This information could be useful for policymakers who are looking to implement sustainable fiscal stewardship.
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