earmarking

Definitions

Agriculture

  • noun the process of identifying an animal by attaching a tag to its ear

Economics

  • noun the linking of a tax to a particular service, such as earmarking road taxes for the upkeep of roads.

Health Economics

  • (written as Earmarking)
    Associating particular forms of tax with particular forms of expenditure. It is usually seen as a bad thing by politicians, since it reduces their discretion, and a good thing by libertarians, for the same reason.
  • synonymHypothecation
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