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Campaign contributions and local public goods in a federation

Raul Ponce Rodriguez ()

Estudios Económicos, 2018, vol. 33, issue 2, 283-311

Abstract: I develop a voting model of decentralized provision of local public goods (LPGs) with campaign contributions. I compare an economy with and without campaign contributions: in the former economy, local governments do not provide Pareto efficient LPGs and do not maximize the welfare gains associated with matching LPGs with the inter-regional heterogeneity of preferences of voters. For the economy with campaign contributions, LPGs with and without spillovers are Pareto efficient, and the system of local governments maximizes the gains associated with matching LPGs with the inter-regional heterogeneity of preferences.

Keywords: local public goods; efficiency; externalities; federalism; elections and campaign contributions. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H41 H21 H23 H77 D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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