Do multimember districts lead to free-riding?

James M. Snyder, Michiko Ueda

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We studied the effects of districting on intergovernmental aid by state governments to local governments in the United States. We found that metropolitan areas receive relatively more aid when represented in the state legislature by an at-large delegation than when divided into single-member districts. This suggests that the free-riding that may occur with at-large representation is more than counterbalanced by other factors. The estimated effects are robust to the effects of other confounding factors as well as the choice of estimators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-679
Number of pages31
JournalLegislative Studies Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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