Per-capita public expenditures and population size: A non-parametric analysis using French data

Robert Breunig, Yvon Rocaboy*

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    Abstract

    Based on the median voter model, we specify a flexible general framework of the effect of municipality size on per-capita public expenditures. Previous literature has recognized that municipality size should have a non-linear effect on the quality of public goods provision and to this end different papers have applied a range of alternative parametric specifications. Using a very large sample of French "communes" we are able to estimate the effect of municipality size semi-parametrically. In contrast with the parametric specifications, we find evidence of the U-shaped relationship between per-capita public expenditures and population which is predicted by theory.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)429-445
    Number of pages17
    JournalPublic Choice
    Volume136
    Issue number3-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2008

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