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Political Mergers as Coalition Formation: An Analysis of the Heisei Municipal Amalgamations

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Due to moral hazard problems, municipal mergers in Japan did not result in as many amalgamations as a central planner would have chosen. The inefficiency of the decentralized mergers is calculated using structural parameter estimates based on observed mergers and actual national government policies. Estimation requires neither an equilibrium selection assumption nor the enumeration of all possible mergers.

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  • Weese, Eric, 2013. "Political Mergers as Coalition Formation: An Analysis of the Heisei Municipal Amalgamations," Center Discussion Papers 148748, Yale University, Economic Growth Center.
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    1. Kuninori Nakagawa, 2014. "Municipal sizes and municipal restructuring in Japan," ERSA conference papers ersa14p416, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Saarimaa, Tuukka & Tukiainen, Janne, 2015. "Common pool problems in voluntary municipal mergers," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 140-152.
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    4. Lothar Grall, 2016. "Natural Selection, Technological Progress, and the Origin of Human Longevity," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201645, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
    5. Lothar Grall, 2016. "Geography, Parental Investment, and Comparative Economic Development," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201646, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
    6. Christian Bergholz & Ivo Bischoff, 2016. "Citizens‘ support for inter-municipal cooperation: evidence from a survey in the German state of Hesse," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201643, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).

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