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Essays on the Economics of Public Procurement


United States federal procurement constitutes 25% of government spending

and 6% of Gross Domestic Product. This dissertation addresses three questions in

public economics: Are there economically relevant spillovers from federal procurement

spending into local labor markets (Chapter 1)? Can legislators influence the spatial

distribution of federal procurement spending (Chapter 2)? Do voters respond to changes

in federal procurement spending in their districts (Chapter 3)?

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