U.S. City Finances and the Growth of Government, 1850–1902

@article{Legler1988USCF,
  title={U.S. City Finances and the Growth of Government, 1850–1902},
  author={John B. Legler and R. Sylla and J. Wallis},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  year={1988},
  volume={48},
  pages={347-356}
}
In terms of revenues and expenditures, local government was the largest component of the U.S. federal system in 1902. Although it has been conjectured that this was also true during most of the nineteenth century, the evidence to support the conjecture is weak. We present a summary of a large sample of data for individual cities in 1850, 1860, and 1870, and link it to census data for 1880, 1890, and 1902. We study effects of city size and geographical location, and trends over time in city… Expand
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