Working Paper No. 648

Property Tax and Urban Sprawl: Theory and Implications for U.S. Cities

Published: October 24, 2005Pages: 30Keywords: Urban Sprawl, Full Closed City; Urban Economics; Property Tax; Instrumental Variables JEL-codes: H30; H71; R14

Property Tax and Urban Sprawl: Theory and Implications for U.S. Cities Yan Song and Yves Zenou


This article attempts a formal analysis of the connection between property tax and urban sprawl in U.S. cities. We develop a theoretical model that includes households (who are also landlords) and land developers in a regional land market. We then test the model empirically based on a national sample of urbanized areas. The results we obtained from both theoretical and empirical analyses indicate that increasing property tax rates reduces the size of urbanized areas.

 

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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