Municipal Fragmentation and Local Financial Condition

HyungGun Park


A sizeable literature investigates how intergovernmental competition affects various fiscal outcomes in a fragmented local landscape. However, it remains untested how the fragmentation affects the outcomes simultaneously. This study addresses the issue by condensing individual outcomes into a multifaceted concept of financial condition. Utilizing a pooled cross-sectional time-series approach on the metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S between 1972 and 2017, this study tests how financial condition of municipalities varies by competition among them. The finding exhibit adverse effects on their financial condition when a greater number of municipalities is identified.


government fragmentation; intergovernmental competition; financial condition; factor analysis; panel-corrected standard error pooled regression.

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