Christopher Goodman

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    The structure of US local governments is often a poor predictor of local economic growth.

The structure of US local governments is often a poor predictor of local economic growth.

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In the US metropolitan areas can be organized in different ways, with some areas having more or fewer local governments, with competing schools of thought over which structure leads to greater economic growth. In new research which examines over 300 US metropolitan areas, Christopher Goodman finds that the structure of local governments can be important, but it is often […]

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    Why your sprawling, low-density suburb may be costing your local government money

Why your sprawling, low-density suburb may be costing your local government money

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Despite its desirability to many, suburbs cost, and not only to residents in terms of more expensive transport costs, but also to local authorities, according to new research from Christopher Goodman. By studying 30 years of data covering public spending on metropolitan counties, he finds that compact developments are less costly in terms of public services, while denser developments […]

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    How a type of local government you may have never heard of may be costing you a bit more.

How a type of local government you may have never heard of may be costing you a bit more.

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Special districts are one of the most common forms of local government in the US. Aimed at tackling a specific issue in a certain area, these districts can often overlap with city and county governments. In new research Christopher Goodman looks at whether this overlap can mean an over-provision of public employees. He finds that while this overlap can […]

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