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Could a municipal reform lead to cost savings? An essay on the relationship between population size and municipal costs

Lundin, Sara LU (2015) NEKN01 20151
Department of Economics
Abstract
The essay estimates the relation between population size and municipal costs. Whether the efficiency in service provision in municipalities is depending on population size is discussed in Sweden as well as other countries. The relation is measured using two measures for total costs and two measures for “fixed costs” associated with having an additional decision level. The result give some support for a negative relation between costs and population size, but is sensitive to the cost measure and model specification. Whether the municipality is located in a rural or urban region is of importance for the results, which highlights the need of looking beyond population size in the discussion on municipal amalgamations
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author
Lundin, Sara LU
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organization
course
NEKN01 20151
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Municipality size, Fiscal Federalism, Public Economics
language
English
id
7794067
date added to LUP
2015-09-15 12:36:56
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2015-09-15 12:36:56
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  abstract     = {The essay estimates the relation between population size and municipal costs. Whether the efficiency in service provision in municipalities is depending on population size is discussed in Sweden as well as other countries. The relation is measured using two measures for total costs and two measures for “fixed costs” associated with having an additional decision level. The result give some support for a negative relation between costs and population size, but is sensitive to the cost measure and model specification. Whether the municipality is located in a rural or urban region is of importance for the results, which highlights the need of looking beyond population size in the discussion on municipal amalgamations},
  author       = {Lundin, Sara},
  keyword      = {Municipality size,Fiscal Federalism,Public Economics},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Could a municipal reform lead to cost savings? An essay on the relationship between population size and municipal costs},
  year         = {2015},
}