Title page for ETD etd-07242012-040206

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Sweetser, Wendell Edmund
URN etd-07242012-040206
Title An analysis of revenue sharing's performance in achieving its formula goals
Degree PhD
Department Economics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Tideman, Thorwald Nicolaus Committee Chair
Faith, Roger L. Committee Member
Goetz, Charles J. Committee Member
Schmidt, Wilson E. Committee Member
Tullock, Gordon Committee Member
  • Revenue sharing
Date of Defense 1979-08-15
Availability restricted
The State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972,

otherwise known as the revenue sharing act, distributes

$30.2 billion to nearly 39,000 state and local governments

over a five year period. The purpose of this study is to

determine whether or not the actual workings of the program

are consistent with the goals its supporters set for it.

Other formula studies of revenue sharing begin by

selecting a goal, or qoals, that revenue sharing is supposed

to advance (or should advance), and then proceed to develop alternative distribution formulas which are more responsive

to the predeternined goal(s). This study, by examining the

structure of the distribution formula, uses a revealed

preference technique to ascertain four program goals

inherent in the structure of the distribution formula.

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