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Usage of Specialized Service Delivery: Evidence from Contiguous Counties

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This study exploits exogenous policy discontinuities along state borders to estimate the influence of differences in local autonomy on the usage of special districts in U.S. counties. Using forty years of data, this analysis compares counties on either side of state borders where local autonomy differs and finds little to no evidence that negative changes in local autonomy lead to increased utilization of special districts. This study suggests that some prior literature may overstate the importance of local autonomy in local service delivery.

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  • Christopher B Goodman, 2018. "Usage of Specialized Service Delivery: Evidence from Contiguous Counties," Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Oxford University Press, vol. 48(4), pages 686-708.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:publus:v:48:y:2018:i:4:p:686-708.
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    1. Charles M. Tiebout, 1956. "A Pure Theory of Local Expenditures," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 64, pages 416-416.
    2. Christopher B. Goodman, 2015. "Local Government Fragmentation and the Local Public Sector," Public Finance Review, , vol. 43(1), pages 82-107, January.
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    8. Goodman, Christopher B & Leland, Suzanne M., 2017. "Do Cities and Counties Attempt to Circumvent Changes in their Autonomy by Creating Special Districts?," SocArXiv 3rd7v, Center for Open Science.
    9. Arindrajit Dube & T. William Lester & Michael Reich, 2010. "Minimum Wage Effects Across State Borders: Estimates Using Contiguous Counties," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 92(4), pages 945-964, November.
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