Local government size and service level provision. Evidence from conditional non-parametric analysis

G. D'Inverno*, W. Moesen, K. De Witte

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Abstract

Although the local provision of public goods accommodates better to the heterogeneous local preferences and mitigates the fiscal illusion problem, it comes at the cost of potential diseconomies of scale. This paper examines the relationship between municipal size and local service level provision by applying state-of-the-art non-parametric techniques to a unique panel dataset of Flemish data. We measure the service provision level by using an innovative robust conditional ‘Benefit of the Doubt’ model and we estimate its efficiency in relationship with the local expenditures by means of a robust conditional Data Envelopment Analysis model.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100917
Number of pages15
JournalSocio-Economic Planning Sciences
Volume81
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

JEL classifications

  • h72 - State and Local Budget and Expenditures

Keywords

  • Composite indicator
  • Efficiency analysis
  • Local governments
  • Municipal expenditure
  • Municipal mergers
  • PERFORMANCE
  • MUNICIPAL AMALGAMATIONS
  • PUBLIC-SECTOR EFFICIENCY
  • FRONTIER MODELS
  • BENEFIT
  • POLICY
  • PRODUCTIVITY
  • DIRECTIONAL DISTANCES

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