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Central City Exploitation by Urban Sprawl? Evidence from Swiss Local Communities

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  • Christoph A. Schaltegger
  • Benno Torgler
  • Simon Zemp

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This paper investigates spatial spillovers in local spending decisions between the center and the surrounding local communities by using panel data of the canton of Lucerne during the 1990s. Due to the geographical fragmentation with a major central city and some 100 small suburban local communities within a distance from 4 to 55 kilometers to the center this area represents a particularly useful database in order to test the relevance of spatial interactions in a small metropolitan area. The empirical evidence confirms strategic interactions among suburban governments and the central city only for public education, health and environmental spending. There are no spatial interactions with the central city for overall government spending.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology in its series School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series with number 246.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 23 Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:qut:dpaper:246

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Keywords: spatial spillovers; strategic interaction; central city exploitation;

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  1. Quentin Frère & Matthieu Leprince & Sonia Paty, 2012. "The impact of inter-municipal cooperation on local public spending," Working Papers halshs-00730555, HAL.

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