Viewing Spatial Consequences of Budgetary Policy Changes

18 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2005

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Robert T. Greenbaum

Ohio State University - John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Anand Desai

Ohio State University (OSU) - School of Public Policy and Management

Abstract

While the research community is often very concerned with the distributional effect of public policy decisions, the geographic distribution of the affected populations is often overlooked. This paper argues that seemingly geographically neutral policies have spatial consequences and that the choice of how to measure them is important. We suggest that maps provide a powerful tool for communicating these ideas to policy makers and that geographical information systems supplemented by spatial statistics yield information that assist policy debates. We develop metrics to illustrate how geographic information provides insights into the spatial consequences of Medicaid expenditure changes in Ohio.

Suggested Citation

Greenbaum, Robert T. and Desai, Anand, Viewing Spatial Consequences of Budgetary Policy Changes. Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 43-60, June 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=739394

Robert T. Greenbaum (Contact Author)

Ohio State University - John Glenn College of Public Affairs ( email )

United States

Anand Desai

Ohio State University (OSU) - School of Public Policy and Management ( email )

United States

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