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Could you hand me the efficiency section, please? Newspaper circulation and local government efficiency in Norway

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  • Bruns, Christian
  • Himmler, Oliver

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Whenever citizens want their elected officials to employ funds efficiently, they are in need of information in order to establish accountability. We develop an agency model with imperfect monitoring where newspapers provide voters with this information. The model predicts that an informed electorate is more likely to hold an incumbent accountable. Using panel data on Norwegian municipalities we show that increases in local newspaper circulation are associated with higher levels of local government efficiency as measured by an index introduced by the Norwegian authorities.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 12582.

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Keywords: media; newspapers; local government; public sector efficiency; Norway;

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  1. Geys, Benny & Heinemann, Friedrich & Kalb, Alexander, 2008. "Voter Involvement, Fiscal Autonomy and Public Sector Efficiency: Evidence from German Municipalities," ZEW Discussion Papers, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research 08-024, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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