Local Government Dataset
Jon H. Fiva, Askill H. Halse, Gisle J. Natvik.
This panel data set covers Norwegian local governments from 1972 to 2015 and was originally constructed for an analysis of the strategic use of public capital (Fiva and Natvik, 2013). A first version of the data set was released in April2012. This second version updates the time series and includes new variables. The fiscal policy variables are constructed from account data provided by the Norwegian Social Science Data Service (NSD). The dataset includes detailed information on eight different public spending programs/sectors, local tax policy, elections, and demographics. In this note we give a detailed description of each variable included in the dataset.