Does the size of the legislature affect the size of government?: Evidence from two natural experiments
2012 (English)In: Journal of Public Economics, ISSN 0047-2727, E-ISSN 1879-2316, Vol. 96, no 3-4, 269-278 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper makes use of regression discontinuity designs to estimate the effect of the number of legislators on the size of government. The results indicate a negative effect, i.e., the larger the size of the legislature the smaller is the size of government. This runs counter to conventional wisdom. One potential explanation is that more legislators can better control a budget maximizing bureaucracy. I present evidence that is consistent with the proposed mechanism.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 96, no 3-4, 269-278 p.
Government spending, Legislature size, Legislative policy-making, Distributive politics, Regression-discontinuity design, Panel data
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76040DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2011.07.004ISI: 000302049500002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-76040DiVA: diva2:525807