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    The effect of council size on municipal expenditures: evidence from Italian municipalities

    De Benedetto, M.A. (2018) The effect of council size on municipal expenditures: evidence from Italian municipalities. Working Paper. Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK.

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    I study the effect of council size on municipal expenditures by using a rich data set providing information on Italian municipal budgets over the period 2001-2007. By implementing a Sharp Regression Discontinuity Design, I find a negative relationship between local government size, as measured by total expenditures per capita, and the council size. Similar results are found when I consider expenditures that are more directly under the control of bureaucrats, such as current expenditures per capita. Finally, I test the "law of 1/n" on pork barrel policies, finding again a negative effect of council size on capital expenditures per capita.


    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: BWPEF 1802
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): government size, legislature size, law of 1/n, natural experiment, Sharp RDD
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 11:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:49


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