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.

Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets

An Overall Perspective

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Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden face similar problems of integrating large groups of immigrants, especially low-educated ones from outside the EU, into their labour markets. In this volume, edited by Lars Calmfors, IFN, and Nora Sánchez Gassen in cooperation with researchers from across the Nordic Region analyse how labour market integration of immigrants can be promoted. 

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