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Advances in Local Public Economics

Theoretical and Empirical Studies

  • Minoru Kunizaki
  • Kazuyuki Nakamura
  • Kota Sugahara
  • Mitsuyoshi Yanagihara


  • Covers broad new topics on both the theory and the empirics of local public finance

  • Presents through empirical research the recent circumstances of public finance surrounding local governments in Japan

  • Contains models that will interest not only public economics theorists but also empirical researchers on Japan’s local public finance


Part of the New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives book series (NFRSASIPER, volume 37)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Decentralization and Coordination (Japanese Experience)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tsuyoshi Shinozaki, Hideya Kato, Minoru Kunizaki
      Pages 17-28
    3. Hideya Kato, Mitsuyoshi Yanagihara
      Pages 29-47
    4. Kojun Hamada, Yoshitomo Ogawa, Mitsuyoshi Yanagihara
      Pages 49-64
    5. Tsuyoshi Shinozaki, Kota Sugahara, Minoru Kunizaki
      Pages 65-84
    6. Akihiko Kaneko, Daisuke Matsuzaki
      Pages 117-135
    7. Katsuyoshi Nakazawa
      Pages 137-150
  3. Vertical and Horizontal Fiscal Adjustment (From Traditional View to New View)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Calogero Guccio, Giacomo Pignataro, Ilde Rizzo
      Pages 175-193
    3. Tomoya Ida, Hiroshi Ono
      Pages 195-215
    4. Calogero Guccio, Domenico Lisi, Marco Martorana
      Pages 233-248
    5. Marco Martorana, Isidoro Mazza, Anna Mignosa, Ilde Rizzo
      Pages 249-260
  4. Application of Political Economics and Empirical Analysis

About this book


This book introduces recent developments in both theoretical and empirical analyses of local public economics. Theories of those economics as well as empirical analyses have been developed dramatically in various directions in recent years.

One direction has been to reflect real economic circumstances, especially in Japan. In the early 2000s, Japan experienced the so-called great merger (or consolidation) of municipalities in the Heisei era (1999 through the present), with the number of municipalities shrinking from 3,232 to 1,821 for increasing administrative and financial efficiency. This phenomenon is mainly due to a drastic change in demography in Japan: the dimishing birthrate and aging population. Following the consolidation, regional coordination has been undertaken to raise overall administrative and financial efficiency. In sum, various types of public policies for tackling the decreasing birthrate and aging population have been carried out. Urban sprawl and the timing of municipal mergers are dealt with from a broad point of view, and public child care services and tax competition are investigated from a policy standpoint.

Another direction has been to incorporate new ideas for forming theoretical frameworks for local public finance, most of which have been based on static situations. In the recent trend toward globalization, local governments have attended not only to the welfare of residents but also to the interests of regional economic development. In addition, decision making by local governments has tended to be affected by political activities. Thus, the endogenous growth setting and lobbying activities for the activities of local governments are discussed in the book. With these new directions for analyses, the author tackles the topics of tax competition, cross-border shopping, local provision of public goods, and soft budgets, thus covering a broad range of aspects of local public finance.  


Decentralization Consolidation Fiscal Adjustment Local Public Goods Political Economics

Editors and affiliations

  • Minoru Kunizaki
    • 1
  • Kazuyuki Nakamura
    • 2
  • Kota Sugahara
    • 3
  • Mitsuyoshi Yanagihara
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsAichi UniversityNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of EconomicsUniversity of ToyamaToyamaJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of EconomicsKyoto Sangyo UniversityKyotoJapan
  4. 4.Graduate School of EconomicsNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan

About the editors

Minoru Kunizaki, Department of Economics, Aichi University

Kazuyuki Nakamura, Faculty of Economics, University of Toyama

Kota Sugahara, Faculty of Economics, Kyoto Sangyo University

Mitsuyoshi Yanagihara, Graduate School of Economics, Nagoya University 

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