K-12 Tax & Spending Climate: Economic Development

Ekkehard A. Köhler, John G. Matsusaka, and Yanhui Wu:

This paper presents evidence from parallel field experiments in China, Germany, and the United States. We contacted the mayor’s office in over 6,000 cities asking for information about procedures for starting a new business. Chinese and German cities responded to 36-37 percent requests; American cities responded to only 22 percent of requests.