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dc.contributor.authorKalb, Alexanderen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-09-29en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-10-01T14:51:07Z-
dc.date.available2009-10-01T14:51:07Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/28109-
dc.description.abstractIn this paper we investigate the determinants of local governments' technical efficiency in road maintenance for a panel of German counties using a broad variety of estimation approaches. More specifically, we calculate efficiency indices using non-parametric (DEA) and parametric (stochastic frontier analysis) reference technologies, and examine how these efficiency indices can be explained by estimating and comparing four different regression models. The results of our analysis show that (controlling for numerous characteristics of the counties) the disposable income of the counties' citizens, intergovernmental grants (for county roads), and the payments to the counties influence efficiency negatively. Concerning political variables we find weak evidence that efficiency decreases with an increasing share of seats of left-wing parties in the county council; the hypothesis that efficiency decreases with the degree of political concentration in the county council could not be confirmed.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherZentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW) Mannheimen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesZEW Discussion Papers 09-047en_US
dc.subject.jelH11en_US
dc.subject.jelR30en_US
dc.subject.jelR51en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordTechnical efficiencyen_US
dc.subject.keywordroad maintenanceen_US
dc.subject.keywordstochastic frontier analysisen_US
dc.subject.keyworddata envelopment analysisen_US
dc.subject.keywordGerman countiesen_US
dc.subject.stwStraßenbauen_US
dc.subject.stwKommunale Infrastrukturen_US
dc.subject.stwTechnische Effizienzen_US
dc.subject.stwKommunalverwaltungen_US
dc.subject.stwPublic Choiceen_US
dc.subject.stwDeutschlanden_US
dc.titleWhat determines local governments' technical efficiency? The case of road maintenanceen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn609637029en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:zbw:zewdip:09047-
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