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Title: Why do municipalities cooperate to provide local public services? An empirical analysis
Author: Bel i Queralt, Germà, 1963-
Fageda, Xavier, 1975-
Mur Sangrá, Melania
Keywords: Privatització
Ajuda econòmica
Control de costos
Economic assistance
Cost control
Municipal corporations
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Universitat de Barcelona. Institut de Recerca en Economia Aplicada Regional i Pública
Series/Report no: [WP E-IR11/18]
Abstract: Intermunicipal cooperation is being increasingly adopted in various countries as a part of local service delivery reforms. This paper draws on survey data from Spain’s municipalities to examine the reasons underpinning the decisions of local governments to engage in intermunicipal cooperation and privatisation. Our empirical analysis indicates that small municipalities prefer to rely on cooperation for reducing costs, while their larger counterparts prefer to privatise the delivery of services. By cooperating, scale economies can be achieved with lower transaction costs and fewer concerns for competition than is the case via private production.
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It is part of: IREA – Working Papers, 2011, IR11/18
ISSN: 2014-1254
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