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Municipality amalgamation in Japan: an examination using event history analysis

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  • Katsuyoshi Nakazawa

    () (Toyo University)

  • Tomohisa Miyashita

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

Abstract

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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  • Katsuyoshi Nakazawa & Tomohisa Miyashita, 2014. "Municipality amalgamation in Japan: an examination using event history analysis," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 34(2), pages 627-633.
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    1. Liner, Gaines H, 1994. "Institutional Constraints, Annexation and Municipal Efficiency in the 1960s," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 79(3-4), pages 305-323, June.
    2. Reingewertz, Yaniv, 2012. "Do municipal amalgamations work? Evidence from municipalities in Israel," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(2), pages 240-251.
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    1. Hirota, Haruaki & Yunoue, Hideo, 2017. "Evaluation of the fiscal effect on municipal mergers: Quasi-experimental evidence from Japanese municipal data," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 66(C), pages 132-149.
    2. Saito, Hitoshi & Hirota, Haruaki & Yunoue, Hideo & Miyaki, Miki, 2017. "Does municipal mergers internalize spatial spillover effects? Empirical evidence from Japanese municipalities," MPRA Paper 76833, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Amalgamation; Event history analysis; Discrete-time logistic model; Inter-governmental grant; Japan;

    JEL classification:

    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
    • R5 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis

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