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Nonprofit tax exemptions and market structure: The case of fitness centers

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  • Harrison, Teresa

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    (School of Economics LeBow College of Business Drexel University)

  • Seim, Katja

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    (Department of Business & Public Policy Wharton School University of Pennsylvania)

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Nonprofits are increasingly present in industries with a large for-profit sector, raising questions about their competitive advantage afforded by the nonprofit tax exemption. We estimate an equilibrium model of market structure for recreation/fitness centers to assess whether nonprofit and for-profit firms compete directly for the same customer base. Our results suggest that the two ownership types serve independent markets. Consequently, nonprofits do not meaningfully crowd out for-profit competitors. We find that local property taxes, as a proxy for a firm’s tax burden, significantly affect for-profit entry and that nonprofit entry would fall by 25%, without affecting for-profit entry, if the same property tax liability was imposed.

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Paper provided by LeBow College of Business, Drexel University in its series School of Economics Working Paper Series with number 2013-4.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 01 Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ris:drxlwp:2013_004

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