Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58034
Authors: 
Kellermann, Kersten
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
KOFL Working Papers 3
Abstract: 
This paper discusses the smallness of subsidiary jurisdictions as a third dimension of centrality, besides vertical centrality and fragmentation (horizontal centrality). A panel analysis concerning all 26 Swiss cantons (from 1990 to 2003) shows that public expenditure per-capita increases with the number of inhabitants of a canton. This holds for the aggregate expenditure level and for 6 expenditure categories of the Government Finance Statistics. The positive elasticity of per-capita expenditure with respect to population size can be understood as an indicator for increasing government failure in jurisdictions with bigger population size.
Subjects: 
Kosten der Kleinheit
Skaleneffekte
Dezentralität
Einwohnerelastizität
Öffentliche Ausgaben
Föderalismus
Leviathan-Hypothese
JEL: 
H40
H72
H77
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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