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Does the size of the legislature affect the size of government?: Evidence from two natural experiments
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
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
Abstract [en]

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.

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2012. Vol. 96, no 3-4, 269-278 p.
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Government spending, Legislature size, Legislative policy-making, Distributive politics, Regression-discontinuity design, Panel data
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76040DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2011.07.004ISI: 000302049500002OAI: diva2:525807
1Available from: 2012-05-09 Created: 2012-05-08 Last updated: 2012-05-09Bibliographically approved

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