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A spatial cross‐sectional analysis of political trends in Italian municipalities

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. The aim of this paper is to detect mimicking behaviour in the tax setting of local governments which share similar political ideology. We conduct an empirical investigation of municipalities' cross‐sectional data of the Marche region using spatial econometrics models. Discriminating between several sources of fiscal interaction, empirical evidence suggests that municipalities governed by the same coalition tend to implement similar tax rates according to their ideology. Resumen. El objetivo de este artículo es detectar comportamiento de imitación en la política tributaria de gobiernos locales que comparten una ideología política similar. Realizamos una investigación empírica con datos transversales de municipios de la región de las Marcas con modelos econométricos espaciales. Realizando una discriminación entre fuentes diferentes de interacción fiscal, la evidencia empírica sugiere que los municipios gobernados por la misma coalición tienden a establecer tasas fiscales similares de acuerdo con su ideología.

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  • Raffaella Santolini, 2008. "A spatial cross‐sectional analysis of political trends in Italian municipalities," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 87(3), pages 431-451, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:presci:v:87:y:2008:i:3:p:431-451
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1435-5957.2008.00201.x
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