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Governance of Vertical and  Horizontal Fiscal Relations

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Governance of Vertical and Horizontal Fiscal Relations (English shop)

Three Essays on Intermunicipal Cooperation and Public Sector Incentives

Frédéric Blaeschke (Author)


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ISBN-13 (Hard Copy) 9783736990265
ISBN-13 (eBook) 9783736980266
Language English
Page Number 204
Lamination of Cover matt
Edition 1 Aufl.
Publication Place Göttingen
Place of Dissertation Kassel
Publication Date 2015-06-18
General Categorization Dissertation
Departments Economics
Keywords Intermunicipal Cooperation, Performance Budgeting, Local Public Finance, Window-Dressing, Conditional Grants, Fiscal Federalism, Rent-Seeking, Opportunistic Government, Public Sector Efficiency, Wastewater Sector, Public Administation, Data Envelopment Analysis, Single-purpose associations, Interkommunale Kooperation, Gemeindefinanzen, Lokaler öffentlicher Sektor, Zweckzuweisungen, kompetitive Mittelvergabe, Fiskalföderalismus, nichtparametrische Effizienzanalyse, Abwasser Sektor, Verwaltungskooperation, Zweckverbände

This dissertation makes three contributions on local governance issues and public sector reforms. First, it explores a trade-off in the incentive effects induced by competitive funding schemes such as performance-budgeting or conditional grants. Using a game theoretical model, it is shown how efficiency enhancing effects and wasteful window-dressing incentives affect social welfare. The model derives important normative conclusions for the design of such funding schemes and discusses the advantages and drawbacks of different performance measures. Two empirical studies address the determinants and efficiency effects of intermunicipal cooperation among Hessian municipalities. Using survey data from Hessian municipalities, the author assesses how different municipal characteristics affect the occurrence of intermunicipal cooperation in labor-intensive administration services. The study places an emphasis on neighborhood specific factors. Using data from the municipal wastewater sector, the third study investigates efficiency effects of intermunicipal cooperation. The results from a nonparametric approach of efficiency analysis reveal that especially small municipalities may benefit from cooperation whereas medium-sized municipalities operate at efficient scale. It is likely, that X-inefficiencies and transaction costs outweigh cooperation gains from scale.