Publications

Refereed journal articles

Housing booms and local spendingJournal of Urban Economics, Article 103185, 2019  (with Elisabet Viladecans).

Does electoral competition curb party favoritism? American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 10(4), 378-407, 2018 (with Pilar Sorribas and Marta Curto).

Partial fiscal decentralisation and educational outcomes. Journal of Urban Economics 107, 31-46, 2018 (with Paula Salinas).

Trust no more?. On the lasting effects of corruption scandals. European Journal of Political Economy, 55, 185-203, 2018  (with Pilar Sorribas).

Citizen ghosts: Using notches to identify manipulation of population-based grants.  Journal of Public Economics 154, 49-66, 2017 (with Dirk Foremny and Jordi Jofre)

Does zoning follow highways? Regional Science and Urban Economics 53, 148- 155, 2015 (with Elisabet Viladecans and Miquel Àngel García-López).

Do political parties matter for local land use policies? Journal of Urban Economics 78, 42-56, 2013 (with Elisabet Viladecans). 

Inter-regional redistribution through infrastructure investment: tactical or progra-matic? Public Choice 156(1-2), 229-252, 2013.

Does fiscal decentralization foster regional investment in productive infrastructure? European Journal of Political Economy 31, 15-25, 2013 (with Andreas Kappeler, Andreas Stephan, and Timo Välilä).

Pork-barrel politics in semi-democracies: the Spanish ‘Parliamentary roads’, 1880-1914. Journal of Economic History 72(3), 771-796, 2012 (with Marta Curto and Alfonso Herranz)

Corruption, voter information, and accountability. European Journal of Political Economy 28(4), 469-484, 2012 (with Elena Costas and Pilar Sorribas).

Which communities should be afraid of mobility? Agglomeration economies and the sensitivity of firm location to local taxes. Regional Science and Urban Economics 42(1–2), 257- 268, 2012 (with Jordi Jofre).

Lobbying, political competition and local land supply: recent evidence from Spain.  Journal of Public Economics 96(1–2), 10-19, 2012 (with Elisabet Viladecans).

The dynamic adjustment of local government budgets.  Applied Economics 44(25), 3203-3213, 2012 (with Pilar Sorribas).

Tax differentials and agglomeration economies in intraregional firm location. Regional Studies 44(6), 663-677, 2010 (with Jordi Jofre).

Does urban sprawl increase the costs of providing local public services? Evidence from Spanish municipalities. Urban Studies 47 (7), 1513-1540, 2010 (with Miriam Hortas).

Road investment and productivity growth: the effects of vehicle-intensity and congestion.  Papers in Regional Science 88 (1), 99-118, 2009 (with Daniel Montolio).

The effects of partisan alignment on the allocation of intergovernmental transfers. Difference-in-differences estimates for Spain. Journal of Public Economics 92 (10), 27-56, 2008 (with Pilar Sorribas).

Yardstick competition and the political costs of raising taxes: an empirical analysis of Spanish municipalities.  International Tax and Public Finance 14(1), 71-92, 2007 (with Núria Bosch).

The effect of party competition on budget outcomes: empirical evidence from local government in Spain. Public Choice 126(1), 145-176, 2006.

Expenditure spillovers and fiscal interactions: empirical evidence from local governments in Spain. Journal of Urban Economics 59(1), 32-53, 2006.

The regional allocation of infrastructure investment: the role of equity, efficiency and political factors. European Economic Review 49(5), 1165-1205, 2005 (with Antoni  Castells).

On the relationship between authority size and the costs of providing local services: lessons for the design of intergovernmental transfers in Spain. Public Finance Review 33(3), 343-384, 2005 (with Núria Bosch).

Central cities as engines of metropolitan area growth. Journal of Regional Science 44(2), 321-350, 2004 (with Elisabet Viladecans).

Electoral accountability and tax mimicking: the effects of electoral margins, coalition government, and ideology. European Journal of Political Economy 19(4), 685-713, 2003.

Tax setting in a federal system: the case of personal income taxation in Canada. International Tax and Public Finance 9, 235-257, 2002 (with  Alejandro Esteller-Moré).

Vertical income tax externalities and fiscal interdependence: evidence from the US. Regional Science and Urban Economics 31, 247-272, 2001 (with Alejandro Esteller-Moré).

Tax exporting and redistributive politics: an empirical analysis of the determinants of the local tax structure. Public Finance/Finances Publiques 52, 102-124, 1999.