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Katsuyoshi Nakazawa and Tomohisa Miyashita
''Municipality amalgamation in Japan: an examination using event history analysis''
( 2014, Vol. 34 No.2 )
This study considers the factors behind municipality amalgamation in Japan from fiscal year 1999 to 2005 by using event history analysis. We use a discrete-time logistic model and a 21,165 person-year dataset. Our findings show that the central government's carrot-and-stick policy strongly influenced municipality amalgamation for those with high ratios of inter-governmental grants to total revenue. Moreover, the amalgamation of neighboring municipalities became a trigger for other municipalities to amalgamate.
Keywords: Amalgamation, Event history analysis, Discrete-time logistic model, Inter-governmental grant, Japan
JEL: H7 - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations: General
R5 - Regional Government Analysis: General
Manuscript Received : Oct 05 2013 Manuscript Accepted : Apr 01 2014

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