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The effect of risk on the effect of a land tax: A simulation

  • Coulson, N. Edward
  • Li, Herman

The inelastic supply of land suggests that taxation of land might be neutral. Feldstein (1977) suggests otherwise, in that taxation reduces risk, and this may raise demand among risk-averse lenders. We simulate the effect of this demand increase and find that the impact in the aggregate is neutral, because many households are risk-loving in housing assets. The effects on individuals are less negligible.

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Volume (Year): 40 (2010)
Issue (Month): 6 (November)
Pages: 530-537

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