Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/77566
Authors: 
Widmer, Philippe K.
Elias, George
Zweifel, Peter
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, University of Zurich 85
Abstract: 
The purpose of this paper is to analyze the optimal scale of local jurisdictions (cantons) in Switzerland applying Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to the years 2000 to 2004. Aggregate output performance indicators for four local government activities (administration, education, health, and transportation) are used to measure technical and scale efficiency and to derive DEA scores. Results show that these public services fail to exhibit economies of scale, undermining quests for centralization of public good provision while suggesting the possibility of Tiebout competition.
Subjects: 
DEA
efficiency measurement
economies of scale
public good provision
Switzerland
JEL: 
C14
C67
H11
H72
H83
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
100.96 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.