Empirical evidence on the publicness of state legislative activities

  title={Empirical evidence on the publicness of state legislative activities},
  author={Randall G. Holcombe and Russell S. Sobel},
  journal={Public Choice},
Legislation would be a Samuelsonian public good if the cost of creating legislation is not a function of the number of people covered by the legislation. A straighforward test of Samuelsonian publicness is undertaken by estimating the cost of producing legislation as a function of population and other variables, using cross-sectional data from the states of the United States for the years 1965, 1975, and 1985. The empirical results indicate that while legislation does have some degree of… 

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