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Potential Cost Savings and Framework of Strategies for Improved Delivery of Government Services


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    This Preliminary Assessment represents a response to an important and timely request for information from the Governor’s Strategic Planning Council. This report represents a limited response based on findings and principles from existing applied studies, academic literature, and input from a knowledgeable range of expertise represented on the Iowa Research Council Public Finance Study Development Committee. The intended purpose of this report is to provide a basis for discussion by the Governor’s Strategic Planning Council as well as other state and local policymakers, leaders and citizens. The specific questions provided to the Iowa Research Council included: (1) Is there potential to generate savings from consolidation of public services across counties, schools and cities? (2) Will any potential savings from government consolidation be significant enough to fund major new statewide initiatives? (3) Is telecommunications technology changing the economies of scale for provision of public services? (4) What are the alternative strategies for efficient provision of public services in areas of growth and decline?

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    Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 2074.

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    Date of creation: 01 May 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:2074

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    1. Walden, Michael L. & Sisak, Mark R., 1999. "School Inputs And Educational Outcomes In North Carolina: Comparison Of Static And Dynamic Analyses," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 31(03), December.
    2. Edelman, Mark & Knudsen, James J., 1990. "A Classic Economies of Size Analysis of Average School Costs: An Iowa Case Study," Staff General Research Papers 11035, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    3. Otto, Daniel & Edelman, Mark, 1990. "Innovation in Structural Change of Local Government," Staff General Research Papers 10965, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    4. Edelman, Mark & Raun, Terry, 1995. "Does Rural Court Consolidation Save Costs? An Iowa Case Study," Staff General Research Papers 5219, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    5. Steven C. Deller & John M. Halstead, 1994. "Efficiency in the Production of Rural Road Services: The Case of New England Towns," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 70(2), pages 247-259.
    6. Thomas A. Downes & Jacquelyn L. Horowitz, 1995. "An analysis of the effect of Chicago school reform on student performance," Economic Perspectives, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, issue May, pages 13-35.
    7. Jacques, Charles & Brorsen, B. Wade & Richter, Francisca G.-C., 2000. "Consolidating Rural School Districts: Potential Savings And Effects On Student Achievement," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 32(03), December.
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    1. Scorsone, Eric, 2007. "School District and Municipal Reorganization: Research Findings & Policy Proposals," Staff Papers 6543, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
    2. Edelman, Mark, 2002. "A Preliminary Assessment: 2001 Court Restructuring Plan Impacts on Three Iowa Counties," Staff General Research Papers 2046, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.


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