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Public Resource Allocation and Electoral Systems in the U.S. and Japan

Akihiko Kawaura

Public Choice, 2003, vol. 115, issue 1-2, 63-81

Abstract: This paper introduces alternative measures of net budget allocation and legislative representation. They are neutral to the size of total expenditure and tax collection as well as to changes in the population and the size of the legislature, which makes them suitable for panel data exercises and international comparative studies. Regression analyses of 50 U.S. states and 47 Japanese prefectures using these indices highlight similarities and differences in public resource allocation between respective democracies that reflect their political and electoral systems. Copyright 2003 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

Date: 2003
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