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Small homes, public schools, and property tax capitalization

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  • Gallagher, Ryan M.
  • Kurban, Haydar
  • Persky, Joseph J.

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Efforts to estimate the degree to which local property taxes are capitalized into house values are complicated by any spurious correlation between property taxes and unobserved public services. One public service of particular interest is the provision of local public schools. Not only do public schools bulk large in the local property tax bill, but the inherent difficulty in measuring school quality has potentially undermined earlier attempts at achieving unbiased estimates of property tax capitalization. This particular problem has been of special concern since Oates' (1969) seminal paper.

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  • Gallagher, Ryan M. & Kurban, Haydar & Persky, Joseph J., 2013. "Small homes, public schools, and property tax capitalization," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(2), pages 422-428.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:43:y:2013:i:2:p:422-428
    DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2013.01.001
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    1. Hodge, Timothy R. & Komarek, Timothy M., 2016. "Capitalizing on Neighborhood Enterprise Zones: Are Detroit residents paying for the NEZ Homestead exemption?," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 18-25.
    2. Zodrow, George R., 2014. "Intrajurisdictional capitalization and the incidence of the property tax," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 57-66.
    3. Fran├žois Geerolf & Thomas Grjebine, 2014. "Assessing House Price Effects on Unemployment Dynamics," Working Papers 2014-25, CEPII research center.

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    Keywords

    Property tax capitalization; Home value; Border discontinuity; Public schools;

    JEL classification:

    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • R51 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Finance in Urban and Rural Economies

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