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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Government Form and Public Spending: Theory and Evidence from U.S. Municipalities

Stephen Coate, Brian Knight

NBER Working Paper No. 14857
Issued in April 2009

---- Acknowledgements -----

We are particularly indebted to Ruben Enikolopov, Lynn MacDonald, Torsten Persson, Stephen Ross and Razvan Vlaicu for very helpful comments. We also thank Tracy Gordon, Peter Marino, Marion Orr, Martin Shefter, Steven Tadelis, Francesco Trebbi, and seminar participants at Berkeley, Columbia and Maryland for useful discussions and comments. Financial support from the National Science Foundation (Grant SES-0452561) is gratefully acknowledged. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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