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Is there an election cycle in public employment? Separating time effects from election year effects
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
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Abstract [en]

Do governments increase public employment in election years? This paper investigates this question by using data from Sweden and Finland, two coun¬tries that are similar in many respects but in which local elections are held at different points in time. We can thereby separate an election effect from other time effects. Our results indicate that there is a statistically significant election year effect in local public employment, a production factor that is highly visi¬ble in the welfare services provided by the local governments in the Scandina¬vian countries. The effect also seems to be economically significant; the municipalities employ 0.6 more full-time employees per 1,000 capita in election years than in other years (which correspond to an increase by approximately 1 percent).

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Uppsala: Department of Economics, Uppsala University , 2008. , p. 29
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Working paper / Department of Economics, Uppsala University (Online), ISSN 1653-6975 ; 2008:4
Keywords [en]
Election cycle, Public employment, Exogenous elections
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-15977OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-15977DiVA, id: diva2:43748
Available from: 2008-03-28 Created: 2008-03-28 Last updated: 2013-11-12Bibliographically approved

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