Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/18908
Authors: 
Revelli, Federico
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 1270
Abstract: 
This paper investigates whether national evaluation of decentralised government performance tends, by lessening local information spill-overs, to reduce the scope for local performance comparisons and consequently to lower the extent of spatial auto-correlation among local government expenditures. It analyses UK local government expenditures on personal social services before and after the introduction of a national performance assessment system (SSPR, Social Services Performance Rating) that would attribute a rating to each local authority. The empirical evidence suggests that the introduction of the SSPR has substantially reduced policy mimicking among neighboring jurisdictions.
Subjects: 
social services
welfare competition
information spill-overs
spatial autocorrelation
JEL: 
H72
C21
H77
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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