Citizen-Candidate Mobility and Endogenous Local Policy

Posted: 8 Jun 2004

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Oliver Lorz

RWTH Aachen University

Stanislav Nastassine

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics

Abstract

In this paper we analyze the influence of personal mobility on the citizens' willingness to run for a political office in their municipality and on the resulting local policy outcome. Our model portrays heterogeneous policy preferences that are coupled with different degrees of interjurisdictional mobility. We show that an increase in mobility can be liable to shift the policy outcome towards the preferred policy of the less mobile citizens. We thus identify an endogenous policy response to personal mobility diametrically opposed to the tax competition effect that has hitherto dominated the discussion of the political consequences of personal mobility.

Keywords: Interjurisdictional Mobility, Political Economy, Participation, Citizen-Candidates

JEL Classification: D72, H70, J61

Suggested Citation

Lorz, Oliver and Nastassine, Stanislav, Citizen-Candidate Mobility and Endogenous Local Policy. Public Choice, Vol. 132, No. 1-2, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=555381

Oliver Lorz

RWTH Aachen University ( email )

Templergraben 55
D-52056 Aachen, 52056
Germany

Stanislav Nastassine (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics ( email )

Universitaetsstr. 10
78457 Konstanz
Germany

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