Well-Being in the Small and in the Large
AbstractIs it better to live in a big county than a small country? In this paper I examine whether economic and social conditions vary systematically with the population of a country. Economics provides a number of theoretical reasons why country size should matter, for instance because of increasing returns to scale or because it is easier to provide public goods to a larger populace. However there is little empirical evidence that links the scale of a country size to any of a multitude of indicators of economic and social welfare.
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- O57 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries
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- NEP-ALL-2007-08-27 (All new papers)
- NEP-HAP-2007-08-27 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-LTV-2007-08-27 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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