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Municipalities secession and uncertainty on public goods provision

  • Arvate, Paulo Roberto
  • Mattos, Enlinson
  • Ponczek, Vladimir Pinheiro

This paper investigates the causes of municipalities secession in Brazil. The theoretical model proposes that the median voter is not fully informed about the efficiency effect of secession on public good provision and uses the break up decision undertaken by neighbor’s municipalities within the state to account for his voting. Our empirical results confirms that prediction

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Paper provided by Escola de Economia de São Paulo, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil) in its series Textos para discussão with number 225.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2010
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Handle: RePEc:fgv:eesptd:225
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