Joint Provision of Public Goods: The Consolidation of School Districts

Posted: 17 Jun 1997

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David M. Brasington

University of Cincinnati - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 16, 1997

Abstract

Using Ohio metropolitan school districts, I test the factorsthat cause and inhibit political jurisdictions from jointlyproviding public services. The Poirier bivariate probitanalysis suggests that economies of scale factors are moreimportant than socio-demographic factors in determiningwhether two entities will form a joint school district.Small, property-poor districts merge, while large, property-rich districts tend not to merge. The results furthersuggest that high-income communities have relatively littleapprehension about consolidating school districts with otherhigh income communities, but that a large gap in incomebetween neighboring communities makes joint school districtformation less likely.

JEL Classification: H49, I29, R50

Suggested Citation

Brasington, David M., Joint Provision of Public Goods: The Consolidation of School Districts (May 16, 1997). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=9279

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