Does the Nomination Scheme of the City Manager Matter for Urban Development Policies?

46 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2014

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Sebastian Garmann

University of Dortmund - Ruhr Graduate School in Economics

Date Written: March 1, 2014

Abstract

This paper examines the causal effect of a change in the nomination scheme of the city manager from appointment by the local council to election by the citizens on urban development policies. Using the fact that the timing of the reform was as good as random in municipalities of the German state Hesse, I can utilize a difference-in-difference framework to estimate this causal effect. I find that when the city manager is elected by the voters, there is significantly less urban development than when the city manager is appointed by the municipal council.

Keywords: Urban development policies; form of local government; land use regulations; building licenses; difference-in-difference estimation; natural experiment

JEL Classification: H7, Q15, R52

Suggested Citation

Garmann, Sebastian, Does the Nomination Scheme of the City Manager Matter for Urban Development Policies? (March 1, 2014). Ruhr Economic Paper No. 476, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2470570 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2470570

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