6th NES CSDSI & HSE ICSDI Research Seminar.
Dr. Tim Jaekel (HSE School of Public Administration) presents his paper “Risk Taking in the Local Public Sector: Explaining Participation Decision in a sector-led improvement exercise of Swedish municipalities”.
Registration till 1 p.m. of April 14: http://goo.gl/YbyUvA .
Date: April 14 / 4 p.m.
Location: Slavyanskaya sq. 4/2, r. 101.
Using spatial econometrics this paper analyzes peer effects and the impact of relative performance gaps on participation decision in a sector-led performance benchmarking exercise of Swedish municipalities. While in other countries only a small fraction of local governments uses benchmarking to improve performance, the benchmarking exercise in Sweden is characterized by a continuous inflow of participants. A spatial autoregressive logistic regression approach is adopted to test a series of hypotheses of (spatial) spillover and the impact of relative performance on participation decision. The focus is on Peer Effects in Participation Decision and Risk Taking in a situation of uncertainty about the costs and benefits regarding electoral support from voters and reputation. By doing so the paper provides an empirical test of Meier et al.’s (2015) model, it also contributes to the development of a coherent theory of benchmarking in the local public sector (Ammons and Kroenigk 2014).