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On the de…nition of W in empirical models of yardstick competition

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  • Lundberg, Johan

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Theoretical models of strategic interaction among local governments are often empirically implemented by the use of spatial econometric techniques. This paper deals with the de…nition of the elements in the spatial weights matrix W in empirical models of strategic interaction among local jurisdictions. In particular, we present empirical evidence that a de…nition based on relative population between jurisdiction i and j can serve as an approximation of the inhabitants living in jurisdiction i's interest of political issues in jurisdiction j. This information could preferable be used in spatial econometric models either testing or controlling for yardstick competition across jurisdictions.

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  • Lundberg, Johan, 2011. "On the de…nition of W in empirical models of yardstick competition," Umeå Economic Studies 832, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Masayoshi Hayashi & Wataru Yamamoto, 2017. "Information sharing, neighborhood demarcation, and yardstick competition: an empirical analysis of intergovernmental expenditure interaction in Japan," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 24(1), pages 134-163, February.
    2. Bose, Srimoyee, 2015. "Determinants of Per Capita State-Level Health Expenditures in the United States: A Spatial Panel Analysis," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 45(1).

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    Keywords

    Spatial econometrics; yardstick competition;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • H72 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Budget and Expenditures
    • H76 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Other Expenditure Categories
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • R50 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - General

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