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Does size matter? Evidence from municipal splits
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Society, Centre for Local Government Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2323-9092
Uppsala Univ, Sweden.
Uppsala Univ, Sweden.
2024 (English)In: Journal of regional science, ISSN 0022-4146, E-ISSN 1467-9787Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We contribute to the limited knowledge of the consequences of municipal splits by estimating how break-ups of seven Swedish municipalities affected per capita expenditures. To predict what would have happened had the break-ups not taken place, we apply the matrix completion method with nuclear norm minimization. We find that smaller municipalities not necessarily imply higher per capita expenditures. Instead, expenditures increase in some cases, are unaffected in others, and in others, decrease. The results point to the complex nature of territorial reforms and underscore the perils of policy recommendations that take uniform outcomes of either amalgamations or break-ups for granted.

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WILEY , 2024.
Keywords [en]
jurisdictional size; local governments; matrix completion; municipal expenditures; municipal splits; territorial reforms
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-200871DOI: 10.1111/jors.12679ISI: 001160538300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-200871DiVA, id: diva2:1837282
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Länsförsäkringars Forskningsfond P7_2020
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Länsförsäkringar AB, P7_2020
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Funding: Lansforsakringars forskningsfond; Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation

Available from: 2024-02-13 Created: 2024-02-13 Last updated: 2024-02-27

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