The economic effects of local authority mergers: empirical evidence for German city regions

@article{Blume2007TheEE,
  title={The economic effects of local authority mergers: empirical evidence for German city regions},
  author={L. Blume and Till Blume},
  journal={The Annals of Regional Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={41},
  pages={689-713}
}
Cooperation of neighbouring local authorities in the provision of regional public goods can be efficiency enhancing due to economies of scale, a better realisation of fiscal equivalence or dynamic efficiency gains. While the need for such cooperation between local authorities is undisputed, there are different positions concerning the form the cooperation should take. Some argue that local authority mergers are the most efficient and democratic strategy. Others argue that functional cooperation… Expand
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