Stimulating Local Public Employment: Do General Grants Work?
2014 (English)In: American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, ISSN 1945-7731, E-ISSN 1945-774X, Vol. 6, no 1, 167-192 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We apply the regression kink design to the Swedish grant system and estimate causal effects of intergovernmental grants on local public employment. Our robust conclusion is that grants do not stimulate local public employment. We find no statistically significant effects on total local public employment, and we can exclude even moderate effects. When disaggregating the total effect by sector, we find that personnel in the traditional welfare sectors are unaffected, a conclusion which applies to both publicly and privately employed in these sectors. The only positive and statistically significant effect of grants is that on administrative personnel.
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2014. Vol. 6, no 1, 167-192 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-247820DOI: 10.1257/pol.6.1.167ISI: 000331195800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-247820DiVA: diva2:797566