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

  • Eric Weese

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    (Economic Growth Center, Yale University)

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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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    Paper provided by Economic Growth Center, Yale University in its series Working Papers with number 1022.

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    Length: 58 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2013
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