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How do citizens perceive centralization reforms? Evidence from the merger of French regions

Lionel Wilner

No 2020-20, Working Papers from Center for Research in Economics and Statistics

Abstract: Using the 2016 merger of French regions as a natural experiment, this paper adopts a difference-in-difference identification strategy to recover its causal impact on individual subjective well-being. No depressing effect is found; life satisfaction has even increased in regions that were absorbed from both economic and political view points. The empirical evidence at stake suggests that local economic performance has enhanced in these regions, which includes a faster decline of the unemployment rate. In the context of a unitary state, economic gains have therefore outweighed cultural attachment to administrative regions.

Keywords: Merger of regions; natural experiment; difference-in-difference; subjective well-being; centralization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H75 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 54 pages
Date: 2020-07-09, Revised 2021-06-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-hap and nep-ure
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