(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

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The impact of local decentralization on economic growth : evidence from U.S. counties

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The impact of fiscal decentralization on U.S. county population, employment, and real income growth is analyzed. The findings suggest that government organization matters for local economic growth, but that the impacts vary by government unit and by economic indicator. Single-purpose governments per square mile have a positive impact on metropolitan population and employment growth, but no significant impact on nonmetropolitan counties. In contrast, the fragmentation of general-purpose governments per capita has a negative impact on employment and population growth in nonmetropolitan counties. Local government decentralization matters differently for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties.


Article of periodic

published at : Journal of regional science / ISSN 0022-4146

Editor : Regional Science Research Institute, Amherst, MA - ETATS-UNIS (1958)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 51, no1 [pp. 47-64]



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1111/j.1467-9787.2010.00683.x

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