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How to make the metropolitan area work? Neither big government, nor laissez-faire

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  • GAIGNé, Carl

    (INRA, UMR 1302, SMART Rennes, France; CREATE, Laval University, Canada)

  • RIOU , Stéphane

    (Université de Lyon; Université Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne, France)

  • THISSE , Jacques

    (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, Belgium; NRU Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia)

  • ,

Abstract

We study how political boundaries and tax competition among jurisdictions interact with the labor and land markets to determine the economic structure and performance of metropolitan areas. Contrary to general belief, institutional fragmentation and cross-border commuting need not be welfare-decreasing, but the size of the central city matters for welfare. Under tax competition the central business district is too small. Tax competition also prevents public policy enhancing global productivity to produce their full impact. Although our results support the idea of decentralizing the supply of local public services by independent jurisdictions, they also highlight the need of coordinating tax policies.

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  • GAIGNé, Carl & RIOU , Stéphane & THISSE , Jacques & ,, 2013. "How to make the metropolitan area work? Neither big government, nor laissez-faire," LIDAM Discussion Papers CORE 2013065, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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