Does intermunicipal cooperation promote efficiency gains?:Evidence from Italian municipal unions

Ferraresi, Massimiliano and Migali, Giuseppe and Rizzo, Leonzio (2018) Does intermunicipal cooperation promote efficiency gains?:Evidence from Italian municipal unions. Journal of Regional Science, 58 (5). pp. 1017-1044. ISSN 0022-4146

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Inter-municipal cooperation is a common way to provide local public services, exploit economies of scale and internalize externalities. However, little is known about possible efficiency gains. We test their existence in terms of local public expenditures reductions, by investigating the Italian experience of municipal unions. We adopt quasi-experimental methodologies using administrative data on municipalities in the Emilia Romagna region. We find that being in a municipal union reduces the total per capita current expenditures by around 5 percent, without affecting the level of local public services. The effect is robust, persistent and increasing up to six years after entrance.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Ferraresi M, Migali G, Rizzo L. Does intermunicipal cooperation promote efficiency gains? Evidence from Italian municipal unions. J Reg Sci. 2018;58:1017–1044. which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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