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Strategic competition in Swedish local spending on childcare, schooling and care for the elderly

  • Edmark, Karin

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    (IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation)

This study tests for strategic competition in public spending on childcare and primary education, and care for the elderly, using panel data on Swedish municipalities over 1996-2005. The high degree of decentralization in the organization of the public sector implies that Swedish data is highly suitable for this type of study. The study is not limited to interactions in the same type of expenditure, but also allows for effects across expenditures. The results give no robust support for the hypothesis that municipalities react on the spending policy of neighbouring municipalities in the decision on own spending on care of the elderly, childcare and education.

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Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2007:22.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 08 Oct 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2007_022
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