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Can Private Giving Promote Economic Segregation?

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  • Horstmann, Ignatius J
  • Scharf, Kimberley Ann
  • Slivinski, Al

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This Paper explores the theoretical relationship between tax relief for private giving and locational equilibria. Tax relief for giving may receive political support at the local level because of its distributional effects; however, through its effects on public provision choices, such relief may affect individual location decisions and, in so doing, may promote economic segregation rather than integration. In such a scenario, a ban on local tax incentives for giving would be Pareto-improving and would thus be sanctioned by a majority-supported federal tax constitution.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 4354.

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  1. Kimberley Ann Scharf, 2013. "Impure Prosocial Motivation in Charity Provision: Warm-Glow Charities and Implications for Public Funding," CESifo Working Paper Series 4479, CESifo Group Munich.

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