Per-capita public expenditures and population size: a non-parametric analysis using French data
Based on the median voter model, we specify a flexible general framework of the effect of municipality size on per-capita public expenditures. Previous literature has recognized that municipality size should have a non-linear effect on the quality of public goods provision and to this end different papers have applied a range of alternative parametric specifications. Using a very large sample of French “communes” we are able to estimate the effect of municipality size semi-parametrically. In contrast with the parametric specifications, we find evidence of the U-shaped relationship between per-capita public expenditures and population which is predicted by theory.
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|Date of creation:||2008|
|Publication status:||Published in Public Choice, Springer Verlag, 2008, 136 (3-4), pp.429-445. 〈10.1007/s11127-008-9304-z〉|
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