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Testing for Vertical Inequity in Property Tax Systems

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    Models for testing assessor performance have been widely discussed in the literature. Many have been used in practice. The purpose of this study are to evaluate the performance of existing models and to propose two new models. We find that existing models can be used correctly to test for inequity when their functional form is consistent with the pattern of the assessment-sales ratio data. Results from the application of different models show inconsistencies since the appropriate functional form may vary for different data sets. The new models have the ability to emulate the forms of the existing models as well as handle more complex relationships.

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    Article provided by American Real Estate Society in its journal Journal of Real Estate Research.

    Volume (Year): 5 (1990)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 319-334

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    Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:5:n:3:1990:p:319-334

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    1. Suits, Daniel B & Mason, Andrew & Chan, Louis, 1978. "Spline Functions Fitted by Standard Regression Methods," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 60(1), pages 132-39, February.
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    1. Earl D. Benson & Arthur L. Schwartz, Jr., 1997. "Vertical Equity in the Taxation of Single Family Homes," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 14(3), pages 215-232.
    2. Brent C Smith, 2008. "Intrajurisdictional Segmentation of Property Tax Burdens: Neighborhood Inequities Across an Urban Sphere," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 30(2), pages 207-224.
    3. R. Kelley Pace, 1998. "Appraisal Using Generalized Additive Models," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 15(1), pages 77-100.
    4. Brent C. Smith, 2000. "Applying Models for Vertical Inequity in the Property Tax to a Non-Market Value State," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 19(3), pages 321-344.
    5. Earl D. Benson & Arthur L. Schwartz, Jr., 2000. "An Examination of Vertical Equity Over Two Reassessment Cycles," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 19(3), pages 255-273.
    6. Gary C. Cornia & Barrett A. Slade, 2005. "Property Taxation of Multifamily Housing: An Empirical Analysis of Vertical and Horizontal Equity and Assessment Methods," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 27(1), pages 17-46.

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