If You Build It, Will They Come?: Fiscal Federalism, Local Provision of Public Tourist Amenities, and the Vision Iowa Fund
AbstractThe philosophy of fiscal federalism presumes that local communities will under- or over-provide public amenities in the presence of externalities.� We test this hypothesis using data from Vision Iowa, a state program which provided partial funding to communities to build tourist attractions.� We find a 1% increase in investment increased county taxable retail sales 0.9%.� The Stateâ€™s return, from program-induced sales tax revenue, averaged 9.2% annually.� Local communitiesâ€™ returns averaged 0.9% and we find a significant increase in surrounding areasâ€™ sales.� This suggests that without state subsidies, communities would undersupply public amenities aimed at attracting visitors.
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Date of creation: 08 Oct 2011
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fiscal federalism; local public goods; subsidy; externality; spillover; amenity; retail sales;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
- H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
- H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
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- NEP-ALL-2011-10-15 (All new papers)
- NEP-TUR-2011-10-15 (Tourism Economics)
- NEP-URE-2011-10-15 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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