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Decentralization and the Productive Efficiency of Government: Evidence from Swiss Cantons


Iwan Barankay


University of Pennsylvania - Management Department; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Ben Lockwood


University of Warwick - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

December 2006

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2477

Abstract:     
Advocates of fiscal decentralization argue that amongst other benefits, it can increase the efficiency of delivery of government services. This paper is one of the first to evaluate this claim empirically by looking at the association between expenditure decentralization and the productive efficiency of government using a data-set of Swiss cantons. We first provide careful evidence that expenditure decentralization is a powerful proxy for legal local autonomy. Further panel regressions of Swiss cantons provide robust evidence that more decentralization is associated with higher educational attainment. We also show that these gains lead to no adverse effects across education types but that male students benefited more from educational decentralization closing, for the Swiss case, the gender education gap.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: decentralization, productive efficiency, local public goods

JEL Classification: H40, H52, H70, I20

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Date posted: December 12, 2006  

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Barankay, Iwan and Lockwood, Ben, Decentralization and the Productive Efficiency of Government: Evidence from Swiss Cantons (December 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2477. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=950926

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Iwan Barankay (Contact Author)
University of Pennsylvania - Management Department ( email )
The Wharton School
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6370
United States

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Ben Lockwood
University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
+44 24 7652 8906 (Phone)
+44 24 7657 2548 (Fax)
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany
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