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Jonathan A. Rodden

Jonathan A. Rodden is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Titles by This Editor

In many parts of the world, lower levels of government are taking over responsibilities from national authorities. This often leads to difficulty in maintaining fiscal discipline. So-called soft budget constraints allow these subnational governments to expand expenditures without facing the full cost. Until now, however, there has been little understanding of how decentralization leads to large fiscal deficits and macroeconomic instability.