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Property taxes and dynamic efficiency: A correction

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According to Kim and Lee (1997), property taxes as opposed to capital gain taxes and taxes on rent endanger dynamic efficiency. The present paper shows that the choice of the tax base is immaterial. What counts is whether the taxes eliminate the after-tax rent. Empirical evidence suggests that this is not the case.

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  • Homburg, Stefan, 2014. "Property taxes and dynamic efficiency: A correction," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 123(3), pages 327-328.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:123:y:2014:i:3:p:327-328
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.03.013
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    Keywords

    Property tax; Dynamic efficiency; Overaccumulation; Land;
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    JEL classification:

    • D9 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation

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