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Districting and Government Overspending

  • Reza Baqir
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    Theories of government spending driven by a common-pool problem in the fiscal revenues pool predict that greater districting of a political jurisdiction raises the scale of government. This paper presents evidence on this and related predictions from a cross section of city governments in the United States. The main finding is that, when other plausible determinants of government spending are controlled for, greater districting leads to a considerably greater scale of government activity. The results also show that at-large electoral systems do not, and forms of government that concentrate powers in the office of the executive do, break this relationship.

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    Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Political Economy.

    Volume (Year): 110 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 6 (December)
    Pages: 1318-1354

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