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Does Broader-Based Local Government affect Expenditure on Public Long-Term Care Insurance? The Case of Japan

  • Haruaki Hirota

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    (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

  • Hideo Yunoue

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    (Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University)

This paper considers the possible effects of broader-based local government, especially extended associations, in Japanese local public finance. We mainly analyze scale effects in public long-term care insurance expenditure, with our results indicating a U shaped expenditure structure. We also show that expenditures associated with extended associations decrease more rapidly than ordinary municipal expenditures. These findings suggest that expenditure of appropriate population size extended associations larger than single municipality.

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Paper provided by Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in its series Discussion Papers in Economics and Business with number 08-34.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2008
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Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:0834
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