The Territorial Fiscal Gap in Colombia

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  • Regional Science Policy & Practice


  • This paper presents an estimation of expenditure needs and fiscal capacity of Colombia's municipalities and departments in 2014. We use standard per capita norms to estimate the spending needs and data envelopment analysis for the local fiscal capacity. The results show that: (i) there are high horizontal fiscal disparities in Colombia, with greater incidence in municipalities than in departments; (ii) these disparities favour more developed territories; and (iii) there is evidence of a centre‐periphery pattern in the horizontal fiscal disparities, causing central regions of the country to have a lower imbalance between expenditure needs and fiscal capacity.

fecha de publicación

  • 2019

Líneas de investigación

  • Data Envelopment Analysis
  • Fiscal Capacity
  • Fiscal Needs
  • Horizontal Fiscal Disparities


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