Empirical Evidence on the Publicness of State Legislative Activities
AbstractLegislation would be a Samuelsonian public good if the cost of creating legislation is not a function of the number of people covered by the legislation. A straightforward test of Samuelsonian publicness is undertaken by estimating the cost of producing legislation as a function of population and other variables using cross-sectional data from the states of the United States for the years 1965, 1975, and 1985. The empirical results indicate that, while legislation does have some degree of publicness, legislation is mostly a private good and that it has been becoming increasingly less public over time. Copyright 1995 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, Florida State University in its series Working Papers with number 1993_05_03.
Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 1993
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- Holcombe, Randall G & Sobel, Russell S, 1995. " Empirical Evidence on the Publicness of State Legislative Activities," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 83(1-2), pages 47-58, April.
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