Joint Provision of Public Goods: The Consolidation of School Districts
David M. Brasington
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Department of Economics
May 16, 1997
Using Ohio metropolitan school districts, I test the factorsthat cause and inhibit political jurisdictions from jointlyproviding public services. The Poirier bivariate probitanalysis suggests that economies of scale factors are moreimportant than socio-demographic factors in determiningwhether two entities will form a joint school district.Small, property-poor districts merge, while large, property-rich districts tend not to merge. The results furthersuggest that high-income communities have relatively littleapprehension about consolidating school districts with otherhigh income communities, but that a large gap in incomebetween neighboring communities makes joint school districtformation less likely.
JEL Classification: H49, I29, R50working papers series
Date posted: June 17, 1997
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