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Amalgamation impacts on local public expenditures in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics.
2015 (English)In: Local Government Studies, ISSN 0300-3930, Vol. 41, no 1, 63-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper concerns amalgamation impacts on local public expenditures. The empirical analysis is based on the extensive 1952 municipal reform in Sweden. The 1952 reform amalgamated municipalities in a way that they had at least 2,000–3,500 inhabitants. This was done in the belief that larger municipalities would improve administration efficiency and public services by exploiting economies of scale. The results show that the reform had a negative impact on expenditures as long as the municipalities did not exceed a critical size.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Vol. 41, no 1, 63-77 p.
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municipal amalgamations, decentralisation, local public expenditures
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80027DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2013.869496ISI: 000346257800004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84893204996OAI: diva2:646303
Available from: 2013-09-08 Created: 2013-09-08 Last updated: 2015-01-16Bibliographically approved

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