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Local Decentralization and Economic Growth: Evidence from U.S. Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Regions

George Hammond () and Mehmet Tosun ()

No 06-002, Working Papers from University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Reno , Department of Resource Economics

Abstract: This paper extends the recent empirical literature on the relationship between local decentralization and growth using data from both metropolitan and non-metropolitan regions in the U.S. The analysis utilizes both metropolitan and non-metropolitan regions, and thus avoids the possible selection bias present in previous research. The results for non-metropolitan regions indicate a relatively weak or negative relationship between the local decentralization measures and local economic growth compared to a positive relationship suggested by a recent study on metropolitan regions. Results for the non-metro regions also suggest that there are different impacts across population and income than we observe for metropolitan regions.

Keywords: Decentralization; metropolitan; non-metropolitan; economic growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E62 H7 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-mac, nep-pbe and nep-ure
Date: 2006-11
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