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Local Public Goods, Debt and Migration

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  • Christian Schultz
  • Tomas Sjöström

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Migration raises a potential free rider problem for th eprovision of durable local goods if the late-comers can enjoy the public good without paying for it. Allowing communities to finance public goods by debt mitigates this problem, since future immigrants have to share the burden of the debt. However, in equilibrium there will be over-accumulation of local debt. There may be more or less public good than in first best, but conditional on the inefficiently high level of debt there will be too few public goods. A competitive market for land reduces but does not in general eliminate the inefficiencies.

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Paper provided by Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series EPRU Working Paper Series with number 00-11.

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  1. Schultz, Christian & Sjostrom, Tomas, 2001. "Local public goods, debt and migration," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 80(2), pages 313-337, May.
  2. Thomas J. Sargent & Marco Bassetto, 2004. "Politics and Efficiency of Separating Capital and Ordinary Government Budgets," 2004 Meeting Papers 3, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  3. Alfons J. Weichenrieder, 2009. "A Note on Local Public Investment and Debt Limitation in a Federation," Finnish Economic Papers, Finnish Economic Association, vol. 22(1), pages 3-8, Spring.
  4. Sunding, David L. & Zwane, Alix Peterson, 2004. "Local Public Goods And Ethnic Diversity: Evidence From The Immigration Reform And Control Act," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20356, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  5. Marco Bassetto, 2008. "Public investment and budget rules for state vs. local governments," Working Paper Series WP-08-21, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
  6. Hikaru Ogawa & Mitsuhiro Yano, 2007. "Local Public Debt with Overlapping Generations," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 8(1), pages 51-59, January.
  7. Junichi Nagami & Hikaru Ogawa, 2011. "Partial coordination in local debt policies," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(18), pages 1785-1787, December.
  8. Fossen, Frank M. & Freier, Ronny & Martin, Thorsten, 2014. "Race to the debt trap? Spatial econometric evidence on debt in German municipalities," Discussion Papers 2014/1, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.
  9. Huber, Bernd & Runkel, Marco, 2008. "Interregional redistribution and budget institutions under asymmetric information," Munich Reprints in Economics 19390, University of Munich, Department of Economics.

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