Support for Earmarked Public Spending on Culture: Evidence from a Referendum in Metropolitan Detroit

14 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2005

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Michael J. Rushton

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Abstract

Using the precinct-level voting results of a 2002 referendum in Metropolitan Detroit to increase property taxes, with the proceeds earmarked for cultural institutions, this paper inquires into the pattern of voting support for an increased public funding of culture. The estimation matches voting precincts to census tracts, and employs tract-level economic and demographic data. Results are compared with public opinion survey data from the United States and a similar referendum in Switzerland.

Suggested Citation

Rushton, Michael J., Support for Earmarked Public Spending on Culture: Evidence from a Referendum in Metropolitan Detroit. Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 72-85, December 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=857744 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5850.2005.00374.x

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