Local Government Efficiency in German Municipalities

Geys, Benny ; Heinemann, Friedrich ; Kalb, Alexander

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13147-012-0191-x
URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13147-...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2014
The title of a journal, publication series: Raumforschung und Raumordnung
Volume: 71
Issue number: 4
Page range: 283-293
Place of publication: Berlin [u.a.]
Publishing house: Springer Spektrum
ISSN: 0034-0111 , 1869-4179
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > SFB 884
Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
Subject: 330 Economics
Individual keywords (German): Öffentliche Leistungserstellung , Stochastic frontier analysis , Deutsche Kommunen
Keywords (English): Local government performance , Stochastic frontier analysis , German municipalities
Abstract: This article evaluates German local governments’ cost efficiency using a sample of 1,021 municipalities in the state of Baden-Württemberg for the year 2001. We thereby concentrate on overall or ‘global’ efficiency scores—rather than estimate efficiency for one particular service—and explicitly account for exogenous or non-discretionary influences. The latter not only corrects for influences possibly beyond the control of local policy-makers, but also allows some indication of the determinants of such ‘global’ efficiency. Our results indicate that there is a substantial divergence in efficiency across municipalities despite a homogeneous institutional setting. As especially smaller municipalities appear less efficient, these results support a case for policy programmes aimed at boundary reviews or more extensive inter-communal cooperation among small municipalities.

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