Administration

Corruption, Investments and Contributions to Public Goods: Experimental Evidence from Rural Liberia
We analyze how corruption affects incentives to invest or contribute to public goods. We obtain a proxy for corruption among Liberian community leaders by keeping track of a flow of inputs associated with a development intervention, measuring these inputs before and after giving them in custody to the chief. We then use the “gap” between these measurements (“missing inputs”) to explain ...


Sunshine as Disinfectant: The Effect of State Freedom of Information Act Laws on Public Corruption
We assess the effect of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws on public corruption in the United States. Specifically, we investigate the impact of switching from a weak to a strong state-level FOIA law on corruption convictions of state and local government officials. The evidence suggests that strengthening FOIA laws has two offsetting effects: reducing corruption and increasing the probabil...
Business Taxes and the Electoral Cycle
The purpose of this paper is to assess whether the timing of elections affects tax policy choices. To do so, we exploit information on the German local business tax which is set autonomously by German municipalities. As the dates for local council elections vary across German states, the data allows us to disentangle effects related to the timing of elections from common trends. The findings su...


Taxation and the Long Run Allocation of Labor: Theory and Danish Evidence
Inspired by Hayek (1945), we study the distortionary effects of taxation on labor mobility and the long run allocation of labor across different profitable opportunities. These effects are not well detected by the methods applied in the large public finance literature estimating the elasticity of taxable income and quantifying the efficiency loss from taxation. Our analysis builds on a standard...
Are Performance Management Practices Associated With Better Outcomes? Empirical Evidence From New York Public Schools
Performance management is widely assumed to be an effective strategy for improving outcomes in the public sector. However, few attempts have been made to empirically test this assumption. Using data on New York City public schools, we examine the relationship between performance management practices by school leaders and educational outcomes, as measured by standardized test scores. The empiric...


Determining the type of e-government use
This article aims to understand what determines the degree of e-government use for multiple purposes by analyzing the Government Online Survey data that the Pew Internet and American Life Project provide. Three main purposes of e-government use are identified as: service use, information use, and policy research. The degree of e-government use for a specific purpose is predicted by five sets of...
Making e-government work: Adopting the network approach
Much of what was promised has not been delivered by e-government. This necessitates a better understanding of the critical factors necessary for making e-government work. While a number of factors are known to cause e-government failure, this knowledge has not translated into greater success in e-government implementation. This suggests that other, more deep-rooted issues may have remained unad...

The Effects of Benchmarking of Public Works Performance Measures on the Cost-Effectiveness of Service Delivery: Evidence From the North Carolina Benchmarking Project
This research is an empirical analysis of the effects of the benchmarking of Efficiency Performance Measures on total costs for six Public Works service delivery areas based on data over the period 1998 to 2011 from municipalities participating in the North Carolina Performance Measurement Project, a well-established and nationally recognized performance measurement and benchmarking system. The...
Follow the Leader? Evidence on European and US Tax Competition
This article breaks from the previous empirical literature that estimates Nash tax reaction functions of national governments competing with other national governments assuming that competitors play a Nash game and adjust to a Nash equilibrium in every year. We question this assumption and explore whether one country plays a leadership role in tax competition using data from 1968 to 2008. We te...

The Demand for Municipal Infrastructure Projects: Some Evidence from Connecticut Towns and Cities
Many studies have investigated the determinants of current local public expenditures whereas only a few have studied the factors explaining the capital decision-making process at the local government level. This study uses a panel data set of Connecticut town and cities over the 2000 to 2010 period to estimate the local public demand for various types of capital infrastructure projects. The mul...
Land-use Controls, Fiscal Zoning, and the Local Provision of Education
Considerable prior analysis has gone into the study of zoning restrictions on locational choice and on fiscal burdens, but none addresses the level and distribution of public goods provided under fiscal zoning. Our analysis emphasizes the interplay between land-use restrictions and public good provision, focusing on schooling outcomes. We extend existing general equilibrium models of location a...

Integrating trait and ability EI in predicting transformational leadership
This study aims to examine the moderating role played by follower’s trait EI in the relationship between follower’s ability EI and transformational leadership The authors hypothesised that there is a positive moderating effect of follower’s trait EI on the relationship between follower’s ability EI and the transformational leadership rating they receive from their supervisor. Using mode...
Wisdom and narcissism as predictors of transformational leadership
Although leadership and organizational scholars have suggested that the virtue of wisdom may promote outstanding leadership behavior, this proposition has rarely been empirically tested. In this study, the authors investigated relationships between transformational leadership, narcissism, and five dimensions of wisdom as conceptualized by the well-established Berlin wisdom paradigm. General men...
Authentic leadership and psychological ownership: investigation of interrelations
Authentic leadership and psychological ownership appear to be at somewhat similar stage of construct evolution. In the present study, I ask two research questions: a) how authentic leadership relates to psychological ownership and b) how dyadic duration influences this relationship. Using correlational research design, I collected cross-sectional data from 182 Indian professionals working in va...
Transformational leadership and depressive symptoms among employees: mediating factors
The study aims to examine whether the link between transformational leadership and depressive symptoms among employees is mediated by such personal resources as occupational self-efficacy, perceived meaningfulness of the work, and work-related rumination. The study was conducted using questionnaires among 557 Finnish municipal employees in various occupations. The statistical analysis was based...