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Local Decentralization and Economic Growth: Evidence from U.S. Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Regions

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  • George Hammond
  • Mehmet S. Tosun

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This paper extends the recent empirical literature on the relationship between local decentralization and growth using data from both metropolitan and non-metropolitan regions in the U.S. The analysis utilizes both metropolitan and non-metropolitan regions, and thus avoids the possible selection bias present in previous research. The results for non-metropolitan regions indicate a relatively weak or negative relationship between the local decentralization measures and local economic growth compared to a positive relationship suggested by a recent study on metropolitan regions. Results for the non-metro regions also suggest that there are different impacts across population and income than we observe for metropolitan regions.

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  • George Hammond & Mehmet S. Tosun, 2006. "Local Decentralization and Economic Growth: Evidence from U.S. Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Regions," Working Papers 06-002, University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Economics;University of Nevada, Reno , Department of Resource Economics.
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    1. Mehmet Serkan Tosun & Serdar Yilmaz, 2010. "Decentralization, Economic Development, and Growth in Turkish Provinces," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(4), pages 71-91, January.
    2. K. L. Devkota, 2014. "Impact of Fiscal Decentralization on Economic Growth in the Districts of Nepal," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1420, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
    3. Mehmet Serkan Tosun & Serdar Yilmaz, 2010. "Decentralization, Economic Development, and Growth in Turkish Provinces," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 46(4), pages 71-91, January.
    4. Hatfield, John William & Kosec, Katrina, 2013. "Federal competition and economic growth," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 97(C), pages 144-159.

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    Keywords

    Decentralization; metropolitan; non-metropolitan; economic growth;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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