2006–2010

How do Differences in Property Taxes Within Cities Affect Urban Sprawl?

Reprint No. 2009:43

Author(s): Yan Song and Yves ZenouYear: 2009 Title: Journal of Regional Science Volume (No.): 49 (5) Pages: 801–831
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We develop a duocentric-city model and show that the ratio between the property tax in the suburbs and in the center has an ambiguous impact on the size of the city. We test this model by using a dataset of effective property tax rates which we developed using GIS techniques for central cities and suburbs in 445 urbanized areas. Results from the empirical analyses suggest that a lower property tax rate in the suburbs as compared to the central city is associated with more expansive urban growth and a greater level of decentralization of population and employment.


Reference:
Song, Yan and Yves Zenou (2009), "How do Differences in Property Taxes Within Cities Affect Urban Sprawl?". Journal of Regional Science 49(5), 801–831.

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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