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Municipality amalgamation in Japan: an examination using event history analysis

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  • Katsuyoshi Nakazawa

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    (Toyo University)

  • Tomohisa Miyashita

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    (The University of Kitakyusyu Institute for Urban and Regional Policy Studies)

This study considers the factors behind municipality amalgamation in Japan from fiscal year 1999 to 2005 by using event history analysis. We use a discrete-time logistic model and a 21,165 person-year dataset. Our findings show that the central government's carrot-and-stick policy strongly influenced municipality amalgamation for those with high ratios of inter-governmental grants to total revenue. Moreover, the amalgamation of neighboring municipalities became a trigger for other municipalities to amalgamate.

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Volume (Year): 34 (2014)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 627-633

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-13-00692
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  1. Reingewertz, Yaniv, 2012. "Do municipal amalgamations work? Evidence from municipalities in Israel," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(2), pages 240-251.
  2. Liner, Gaines H, 1994. "Institutional Constraints, Annexation and Municipal Efficiency in the 1960s," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 79(3-4), pages 305-323, June.
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