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Strategic Competition in Swedish Local Spending on Childcare, Schooling and Care for the Elderly

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  • Edmark, Karin

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    (Department of Economics)

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This study tests for strategic competition in public spending on childcare and primary education, and care for the elderly, using panel data on Swedish municipalities over 1996-2005. The high degree of decentralization in the organization of the public sector implies that Swedish data is highly suitable for this type of study. The study is not limited to interactions in the same type of expenditure, but also allows for e¤ects across expenditures. The results give no robust support for the hypothesis that municipalities react on the spending policy of neighbouring municipalities in the decision on own spending on care of the elderly, childcare and education.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2007:21.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 03 Sep 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2007_021

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Keywords: Strategic interactions; Spatial econometrics; Decentralization; Local Public Spending;

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  1. Ohlsson, Henry, 2007. "The legacy of the Swedish gift and inheritance tax, 1884–2004," Working Paper Series 2007:23, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  2. Joan Costa-i-Font & Filipe De-Albuquerque & Hristos Doucouliagos, 2011. "How Significant are Fiscal Interactions in Federations? A Meta-Regression Analysis," CESifo Working Paper Series 3517, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Joan Costa-i-Font & Filipe De-Albuquerque & Hristos Doucouliagos, 2011. "How significant are fiscal interactions in designing federations?: a meta-regression analysis," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 37535, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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