31st: Hitoshi Shigeoka (Simon Fraser University)

Wednesday, 9 January 2019 from to (Japan)
at Hitotsubashi University, Faculty Bld. II ( R517 )
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  • Wednesday, 9 January 2019
    • 13:00 - 14:00 Welfare Competition and Electoral Cycles: The Case of Healthcare Subsidy 1h0'
      We study how elections amplify the inefficiencies resulting from competition among local governments. Using coverage expansion of healthcare subsides for children among Japanese municipalities, we investigate how coverage of neighboring municipality affects own coverage of a municipality, and how the effect is influenced by timing of the municipality's election.  Given the recent finding that this coverage expansion enhances healthcare spending without any health benefits, the expansion is inefficient. The results show that both own election timing and neighbor's coverage affect the coverage expansion. We further quantify the inefficiencies resulting from the expansion, in particular. the degree to which election amplifies them.
      Speaker: Hitoshi Shigeoka (Simon Fraser University)