Christopher B. Goodman, “Patterns in Special District Creation and Dissolution.”

 download pdf

Special districts are a numerous and unique form of local government in the United States. Unlike cities, counties, and towns, special districts are created and dissolved often. Using tools from the industrial organizations literature, this analyses examines patterns in creation and dissolution of special districts using Census of Governments data from 1972 to 2012. Overall, the rate of entry (creation) has been declining over time while the rate of exit (dissolution) has remained steady. New districts tend to be small relative to existing districts and and exhibit slow growth over time. Lastly, special districts do not appear susceptible to the “liability of newness” or exhibit high levels of infant organizational mortality that is common in the private sector.


« House Prices and Property Tax Revenues During the Boom and Bust: Evidence from Small-Area Estimates | Publications List | Do Cities and Counties Attempt to Circumvent Changes in Their Autonomy by Creating Special Districts? »

Where

subscribe

To receive updates from this site, you can subscribe to the  RSS feed of all updates to the site in an RSS feed reader

search