Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-63506
Widmer, Philippe K; Elias, George; Zweifel, Peter (2012). Improving efficiency through consolidation of jurisdictions? Evidence from the cantons of Switzerland. Working paper series / Department of Economics 85, University of Zurich.
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.
|Item Type:||Working Paper|
|Communities & Collections:||03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics|
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
|JEL Classification:||C14, C67, H11, H72, H83|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||DEA, efficiency measurement, economies of scale, public good provision, Switzerland|
|Deposited On:||11 Jul 2012 13:12|
|Last Modified:||19 Mar 2013 12:57|
|Series Name:||Working paper series / Department of Economics|
|Number of Pages:||19|
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