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Scienze Regionali
Italian Journal of Regional Science
Vol.16 – n. 1, 2017, 31-52
 
section: Saggi e ricerche/Articles
 
The Avoidable Costs of Local Governments' Fragmentation An Empirical Analysis of Italian Municipalities
Sabrina Iommi, Donatella Marinari*
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* Regional Institute for Economic Planning in Tuscany (IRPET), via G. La Farina 27, 50132 Florence, Italy. Email: sabrina.iommi@irpet.it; donatella.marinari@irpet.it.
Abstract

 The paper explores the relationship between institutions and economic performance referring to a developed country like Italy and at the local scale. The hypothesis to be tested is whether institutional hyper-fragmentation, against the territorial boundaries of real communities approximated by daily commuting areas, increases some avoidable operating costs. The paper assumes administrative expenses and those for government bodies as measures of local governments’ operating costs, analyses their components and determinants by estimating two municipal expenditure functions, and finally assesses the savings achievable by introducing a territorial amalgamation of local governments coherent with socioeconomic phenomena.

Keywords: local governments fragmentation, public expenditure efficiency, institutional factors of economic performance.
JEL Classification: D7, H7, R1.
 
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