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Splitting up or dancing together? Local institutional structure and the performance of urban areas

Di Cataldo, Marco, Ferranna, Licia, Gerolimetto, Margherita and Magrini, Stefano (2023) Splitting up or dancing together? Local institutional structure and the performance of urban areas. Economic Geography, 99 (1). 81 - 110. ISSN 0013-0095

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00130095.2022.2130749

Abstract

This article analyzes institutional changes in local governance structures as determinants of wage premium and innovation capacity of urban areas. By combining individual and metropolitan area data for the US, we study the role of institutional fragmentation, related to the number of local governments operating in an area, and institutional coordination, stemming from the creation of authorities fostering the collaboration of local governments. Our findings suggest that more fragmented institutional landmarks do not benefit the wage competitiveness and innovativeness of urban areas. If anything, they harm them. Conversely, stronger coordination among local governments boosts the productivity of functional regions by increasing their wage premium and improving their capacity to innovate. Coordination agreements between different counties or municipalities are especially relevant in the case of urban areas modifying their functional borders over time. These findings provide key insights into the economic effects of reforming the governance structure of metropolitan areas.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/recg20
Additional Information: © 2023 Clark University.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H7 - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations > H70 - General
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R12 - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R23 - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J30 - General
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2023 12:15
Last Modified: 26 May 2024 07:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/117956

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