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Ricardian equivalence for local government bonds: A utility maximization approach

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We show that Ricardian equivalence holds for local public finance if and only if subnational units use property taxes. However, for other tax bases, the unique equilibrium has the same economic outcome as in models where districts may not issue debt.

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  • Hatfield, John William, 2010. "Ricardian equivalence for local government bonds: A utility maximization approach," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 107(2), pages 148-151, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:107:y:2010:i:2:p:148-151
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    1. David Stadelmann & Reiner Eichenberger, 2014. "Public debts capitalize into property prices: empirical evidence for a new perspective on debt incidence," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 21(3), pages 498-529, June.

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