Cost Shocks and Their Relationship to the Creation, Consolidation and Dissolution of US Local Governments

Public Finance and Management, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2013

22 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2013

See all articles by Christopher B. Goodman

Christopher B. Goodman

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Suzanne LeLand

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte

Date Written: June 20, 2013

Abstract

There are several explanations as to why the total number of local governments may fluctuate, including financial viability and purpose. Many speculate the current economic recession will lead to fewer governments. Yet public choice theorists would assert that more fragmentation, not less leads to more efficient government, which should lead to more, not less local governments (Tiebout 1956). Therefore the following paper further explores the micro and macro reasons behind the reduction or increase in the number of local governments in the United States. Using county-level data from five Census of Governments from 1982 to 2002, we test whether the number of local governments in the US increases or decreases during an economic shock.

Suggested Citation

Goodman, Christopher B. and LELAND, SUZANNE, Cost Shocks and Their Relationship to the Creation, Consolidation and Dissolution of US Local Governments (June 20, 2013). Public Finance and Management, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2282703

Christopher B. Goodman (Contact Author)

University of Nebraska at Omaha ( email )

6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182
United States

SUZANNE LELAND

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte

9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223
United States

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