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The effect of property taxes on vacation home growth rates: Evidence from Michigan

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  • Johnson, Erik
  • Walsh, Randall

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The Tiebout model assumes that individuals sort to the jurisdiction which best matches their fiscal preferences. However, there is a paucity of reliable estimates for the impact of tax changes on household mobility. We utilize a state mandated school finance reform and temporal differences in vacation home densities to provide a unique test of this fundamental Tiebout assumption. The results show that changes in property taxes explain a significant amount of the variation in vacation home growth; a 3–4mil decrease in property tax rates is associated with an increase of approximately one vacation home per square kilometer.

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  • Johnson, Erik & Walsh, Randall, 2013. "The effect of property taxes on vacation home growth rates: Evidence from Michigan," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(5), pages 740-750.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:43:y:2013:i:5:p:740-750
    DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2013.06.001
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    1. Jason Giersch, 2014. "Effects of vacation properties on local education budgets," Cogent Economics & Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 2(1), pages 1-9, December.

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