This paper examines the determinants of success in seeking local government earmarked funding. We compile data of the aggregate amounts of the New York City Council discretionary expense grants received or requested by each council district every year during 2011-2013. The statistical results show that the allocation of the expense grants are politically motivated with more earmark funds flowing to the districts council leaders and key committee chairpersons represent. Furthermore, constituents of key committee chairpersons are more successful in the earmarking process. Districts with larger African American population have lower success ratios possibly because they request significantly more earmarks. These empirical findings are consistent with anecdotal perceptions that earmarking is not substantially effective in meeting community need.
Wu, Y. and Williams, D.W. (2017), "The determinants of success in local earmarking: The case of new york city council discretionary expense grants", Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 319-345. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPBAFM-29-03-2017-B002Download as .RIS
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