United country – three decades after the Wall came down
The Berlin Wall, once the symbol of the divided Germany, has now been gone for longer than it ever existed. But the differences within the country are still visible. However, recent research suggests that different economic development does not always follow the former inner-German border. Apart from the west-east divide, differences also emerge between the south and the north or between the cities and the country.
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Auf welche Frage sind zwei Billionen die Antwort?
Wirtschaft im Wandel,
Alle Jahre wieder wird berechnet, was wohl die Deutsche Einheit gekostet habe. Zuletzt veröffentlichte die Welt am Sonntag, dass knapp zwei Billionen Euro an Fördergeldern von West nach Ost geflossen seien. Die Berechnung dieser Kennzahl ist wenig umstritten, die Größenordnung ist einigermaßen plausibel: Es werden Nettotransfers von West nach Ost zwischen 1991 und 2013 aufsummiert (Zahlungen aus dem Länderfinanzausgleich, Solidarpakt II, Fonds Deutsche Einheit, regionaler Saldo der Sozialversicherungsleistungen usw.). Aber was bedeutet diese Zahl? Sind zwei Billionen Euro viel oder wenig in Relation zu dem damit Erreichten?
International Side-payments to Improve Global Public Good Provision when Transfers are Refinanced through a Tax on Local and Global Externalities
International Economic Journal,
This paper discusses a tax-transfer scheme that aims to address the under-provision problem associated with the private supply of international public goods and to bring about Pareto optimal allocations internationally. In particular, we consider the example of the global public good ‘climate stabilization’, both in an analytical and a numerical simulation model. The proposed scheme levies Pigouvian taxes globally, while international side-payments are employed in order to provide incentives to individual countries for not taking a free-ride from the international Pigouvian tax scheme. The side-payments, in turn, are financed via environmental taxes. As a distinctive feature, we take into account ancillary benefits that may be associated with local public characteristics of climate policy. We determine the positive impact that ancillary effects may exert on the scope for financing side-payments via environmental taxation. A particular attractive feature of ancillary benefits is that they arise shortly after the implementation of climate policies and therefore yield an almost immediate payback of investments in abatement efforts. Especially in times of high public debt levels, long periods of amortization would tend to reduce political support for investments in climate policy.
Transfer Payments without Growth: Evidence for German Regions, 1992–2005
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research,
After German reunification, interregional subsidies accounted for approximately 4% of gross fixed capital investment in the new federal states (i.e. those which were formerly part of the German Democratic Republic). We show that, between 1992 and 2005, infrastructure and corporate investment subsidies had a negative net impact on regional economic growth and convergence. This result is robust to both the specification of spatially weighted control variables and the use of instrumental variable techniques to control for the endogeneity of subsidies. Our results suggest that regional redistribution was ineffective, potentially due to a lack of spatial concentration to create growth poles.