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Municipality amalgamation in Japan: A survival analysis of the timings of the amalgamation process

  • Katsuyoshi Nakazawa

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    (University of Toyo)

  • Tomohisa Miyashita

    (PHP research institute)

This paper uses survival analysis to examine the time taken to carry out municipality amalgamation in Japan in terms of both forming the amalgamation committee and completing amalgamation. The results show that municipalities that depend on local allocation tax grants as a revenue source, those that have an incentive to become a city that has special administrative discretions, and those that jointly manage local services form a committee and complete amalgamation more quickly. Further, municipalities that have high local public debt tend not to form committees. These findings show that the central government’s “carrot-and-stick” policy has strongly influenced municipality amalgamation.

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Paper provided by Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung) in its series MAGKS Papers on Economics with number 201338.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:mar:magkse:201338
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