2006–2010

Property Tax and Urban Sprawl: Theory and Implications for US Cities

Reprint No. 2006:23

Author(s): Yan Song and Yves ZenouYear: 2006 Title: Journal of Urban Economics Volume (No.): 60 (3) Pages: 519–534


We develop a model that adopts a log-linear utility function with a variable elasticity of substitution greater than one and show that increasing the property tax reduces city size unambiguously. We then test this result using a dataset of effective property tax rates we developed using GIS methods for 448 urbanized areas. The empirical analysis estimates a regression equation relating an urbanized area’s size to the property tax rate measure and other control variables such as population, income, agricultural rent, and transportation expenditure. We find that higher property taxes indeed result in smaller cities.


Reference:
Song, Yan and Yves Zenou (2006), "Property Tax and Urban Sprawl: Theory and Implications for US Cities". Journal of Urban Economics 60(3), 519–534.

Interdisciplinary European Studies

The European Union and the Return of the Nation State

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This book explores the complex and ever-changing relationship between the European Union and its member states. The recent surge in tension in this relationship has been prompted by the actions of some member state governments as they question fundamental EU values and principles and refuse to implement common decisions seemingly on the basis of narrowly defined national interests.

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