Local Government Cooperation at Work: A Control Function Approach
33 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2015
Date Written: 2014
We analyze voluntary coalition formation using a unique panel data for 1,056 municipalities in the French region of Brittany between 1995 and 2002. We use a control function approach to develop a binary discrete choice model with spatial interactions. We find that a municipality’s decision to cooperate over the provision local public goods depends on the decisions of its neighbours. Comparison with spatial econometrics models (SAR and Durbin) shows that the decision to cooperate is over estimated by these more traditional models. The results are in line with the recent applied spatial economics literature but are derived for a discrete choice model setting.
Keywords: Inter-municipal cooperation; panel data; control function
JEL Classification: C03, H02, H04, H07
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