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Determinants of Government Structure and Its Impact on Public Expenditure and House Prices

Title: The Determinants of Government Structure and Its Impact on Public Expenditure and House Prices.
Name(s): MacDonald, Lynn, 1979-, author
Sass, Tim R., professor directing dissertation
Sirmans, G. Stacy, outside committee member
Ihlanfeldt, Keith, committee member
McCaleb, Thomas, committee member
Department of Economics, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: For many citizens the functioning and structure of their local government is predominantly unknown. However, local government officials often have a substantial impact on the lives of those same city residents; their decisions undoubtedly impact the desirability of the community. Though attention is often focused on education expenditures and school quality at the local level, there are many other city services which influence residents' well being. Different structural arrangements for municipal governments may impact the way these services are determined. This dissertation looks at three components of local government structure—the municipal form of government, the size of the city council, and the election method for city council members. By looking at the relationship between these three components of government structure and public expenditure, I am able to determine if they generate consistent and predictable impacts on expenditure levels. In order to obtain a better understanding of how government structure affects efficiency, I analyze the impact of form of government on house prices with the idea that efficiency gains would be capitalized into the value of homes. In the final section, I look at the determinants of the three components separately. Once each component is estimated, the predicted values are used to re-estimate the expenditure analysis now taking into account the endogeneity of government structure.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2812 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Economics in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: August 9, 2006.
Keywords: Mayors, Municipal Government, City Managers
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Tim R. Sass, Professor Directing Dissertation; G. Stacy Sirmans, Outside Committee Member; Keith Ihlanfeldt, Committee Member; Thomas McCaleb, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Economics
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Owner Institution: FSU

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