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Single-Party Rule, Public Spending, and Political Rents: Evidence from Finnish Municipalities
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
Number of Authors: 12019 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, ISSN 0347-0520, E-ISSN 1467-9442, Vol. 121, no 2, p. 736-762Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, I investigate the differences in public spending and extraction of political rents between single-party and coalition governments. Common pool theories predict that coalitions tend to spend more and extract more rents than single-party governments. Using data from Finnish municipalities for the years 1997-2012 and a regression discontinuity design approach tailored for proportional elections, I provide causal evidence consistent with the theoretical predictions.

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2019. Vol. 121, no 2, p. 736-762
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Common-pool problem, government composition, local government, regression discontinuity design
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-167572DOI: 10.1111/sjoe.12288ISI: 000460701600012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-167572DiVA, id: diva2:1302022
Available from: 2019-04-03 Created: 2019-04-03 Last updated: 2019-04-03Bibliographically approved

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