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Local Government Studies

What Happens when Municipalities Run Corporations? Empirical Evidence from 290 Swedish Municipalities

Journal Article
Reference
Bergh, Andreas, Gissur Ó Erlingsson and Emanuel Wittberg (forthcoming). “What Happens when Municipalities Run Corporations? Empirical Evidence from 290 Swedish Municipalities”. Local Government Studies. doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2021.1944857

Authors
Andreas Bergh, Gissur Ó Erlingsson, Emanuel Wittberg

This paper addresses the competing views by studying Sweden, a country with a dramatic growth in the number of MOCs since the 1970s. We examine the association between the number of MOCs, citizen satisfaction with local government, local tax rates and a survey-based corruption measure for all 290 Swedish municipalities. Ultimately questioning the ‘optimistic view’, the results indicate that municipalities that rely heavily on MOCs in service delivery have higher taxes, not more satisfied citizens, and are associated with higher corruption levels.