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Goring the Wrong Ox: A Defense of the Mortgage Interest Deduction

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  • Woodward, Susan E.
  • Weicher, John
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    Discusses how to measure the cost of owner-occupied housing and compares the tax treatments of owner-occupied and rental housing. Argues that it is inaccurate to characterize the mortgage interest deduction as a subsidy to homeownership, and that the true advantage to owner-occupied housing lies in the different treatment of rental income to landlords versus services of owner-occupied housing to homeowners.

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    Article provided by National Tax Association in its journal National Tax Journal.

    Volume (Year): 42 (1989)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 301-13

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    Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:42:y:1989:i:no._3:p:301-13

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    1. Hendershott, Patric H. & Pryce, Gwilym, 2006. "The sensitivity of homeowner leverage to the deductibility of home mortgage interest," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(1), pages 50-68, July.
    2. Patric H. Hendershott & Dr. Gwilyn Pryce & Dr. Michael White, 2002. "Household Leverage and the Deductibility of Home Mortgage Interest: Evidence from UK House Purchasers," NBER Working Papers 9207, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Anna BiaƂek, 2003. "Strategies of Subsidizing Private Housing Property on the Example of IBD (Partial Buying of Percentage) and MID (Limited Tax Deduction of Percentage)," Ekonomia journal, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, vol. 9.
    4. Catarina Figueira & John Glen & Joseph Nellis, 2005. "A Dynamic Analysis of Mortgage Arrears in the UK Housing Market," Urban/Regional, EconWPA 0509006, EconWPA.
    5. Marsha J. Courchane & Judith A. Giles, 2002. "A Comparison of U.S. and Canadian Residential Mortgage Markets," Econometrics Working Papers, Department of Economics, University of Victoria 0201, Department of Economics, University of Victoria.
    6. Green, Richard K. & Vandell, Kerry D., 1999. "Giving households credit: How changes in the U.S. tax code could promote homeownership," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 419-444, July.

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