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Free‐rider behaviour under voluntary amalgamation: The case of setting the long‐term care insurance premium in Japan

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This study confirms free‐rider behaviour of pre‐merger municipalities in the case of voluntary amalgamation. The novel contribution of this study is dividing pre‐merger municipalities into two groups: those that had the chance to free ride when setting the long‐term care insurance premium and those that did not. Moreover, it focuses on the revision of the long‐term care insurance premium as the target of free‐rider behaviour. Therefore, the present study is able to capture free‐rider behaviour before the amalgamation. The regression results confirm that only pre‐merger municipalities that had the chance to free ride showed free‐rider behaviour. Este estudio confirma el comportamiento oportunista de los municipios antes de una fusión en el caso de la fusión voluntaria. La contribución novedosa de este estudio es dividir los municipios antes de una fusión en dos grupos: los que pudieron comportarse de manera oportunista al establecer la prima del seguro de cuidado a largo plazo y aquellos que no pudieron hacerlo. Además, se enfoca en la revisión de la prima del seguro de cuidado a largo plazo como el objetivo del comportamiento oportunista. Por lo tanto, el presente estudio es capaz de identificar el comportamiento oportunista antes de la fusión. Los resultados de la regresión confirman que solo los municipios antes de una fusión que pudieron comportarse de manera oportunista mostraron un comportamiento oportunista. 本稿では、自主的合併の場合における、合併前の自治体によるフリーライダー行為を確認する。本研究の新たな試みとして、合併前の自治体を、長期介護保険プレミアムを設定するときにフフリーライダー行為の機会を得た自治体と、それを行わなかった自治体の2つのグループに分ける。さらに、フリーライダー行為を目的とした長期介護保険プレミアムの改訂にも注目する。本研究は、これによって、合併前のフリーライダー行為を捉えることが可能である。回帰分析の結果は、フリーライダー行為の機会を得た合併前の自治体のみがそれを実行していることを示している。

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  • Katsuyoshi Nakazawa, 2018. "Free‐rider behaviour under voluntary amalgamation: The case of setting the long‐term care insurance premium in Japan," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 97(4), pages 1409-1423, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:presci:v:97:y:2018:i:4:p:1409-1423
    DOI: 10.1111/pirs.12312
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    • H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • R51 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Finance in Urban and Rural Economies

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