Performance Competition in Local Media Markets
University of Turin
January 1, 2008
U. of Torino Department of Economics Research Paper No. 1/2008-GE
This paper investigates the impact of tax and public service performance on English local government popularity by using data on local property taxes, service performance ratings and local election results after the introduction of a system of evaluation of local government performance (Comprehensive Performance Assessment). The evidence emerging from estimation of a reelection equation offers a somewhat more rounded portrait of the voter than the conventional fiscal conservative icon, by highlighting the beneficial consequences of public service performance on government popularity and pointing to the role of local media networks (the BBC regional television, local radio and web network) in shaping consensus by spreading tax-related information.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: yardstick competition, property tax, performance rating
JEL Classification: C23, C25, D72
Date posted: July 9, 2008
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