Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/108753
Authors: 
Kauder, Björn
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Ifo Working Paper 188
Abstract: 
During the 1960s and 1970s, the German state governments reduced the number ofmunicipalities. Many independent municipalities in the outskirts of a city became a district of the respective city. Using propensity score matching, I examine how thereforms influenced population growth in these incorporated units. The results show that the population of small incorporated municipalities grew by about 47 percentage pointsfaster than the population of small municipalities that remained independent. The resultsdo not show that large incorporated municipalities grew faster than large municipalities that remained independent. Population growth was stronger in municipalities that wereincorporated later.
Subjects: 
Municipality reform
administrative structure
population growth
propensity score matching
JEL: 
H11
H77
R23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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