Population growth, density and the costs of providing public services

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Recent policy interest in managing local population growth has drawn attention to the fiscal pressures that population growth imposes on local governments. This paper uses 1985 data for 247 large county areas to determine the separate impacts on local government spending of two dimensions of residential development patterns, the rapidity of population growth and the intensity of land use as measured by gross residential densities. Based on a regression model that controls for other determinants of per capita spending, this study provides careful estimates of the nonlinear impacts of population growth and population density on three types of local government spending: current account spending, capital outlays and spending on public safety. -from Author

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ladd, HF

Published Date

  • January 1, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 273 - 295

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0042-0980

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/00420989220080321

Citation Source

  • Scopus