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Foreclosures and local government budgets


  • Ihlanfeldt, Keith
  • Mayock, Tom


Foreclosures have been shown to have a negative financial impact on borrowers, lenders, and neighbors. It has also been argued that they have important negative effects on the budgets of local governments, but the only econometric evidence on this is provided by Alm, Buschman and Sjoquist (2014) foreclosures in this journal. They limit their analysis to the revenue side of the budget and find important effects. As a complement to their work, we argue and demonstrate using a unique 15-year panel of Florida counties that foreclosures also have important effects on local governments' expenditures.

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  • Ihlanfeldt, Keith & Mayock, Tom, 2015. "Foreclosures and local government budgets," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(C), pages 135-147.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:53:y:2015:i:c:p:135-147
    DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2015.05.007

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    1. Daniel J. Wilson, 2012. "Fiscal Spending Jobs Multipliers: Evidence from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Association, vol. 4(3), pages 251-282, August.
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    1. Solé-Ollé, Albert & Viladecans-Marsal, Elisabet, 2017. "Housing booms and busts and local fiscal policy," ZEW Discussion Papers 17-001, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
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    3. repec:eee:regeco:v:68:y:2018:i:c:p:277-290 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. James Alm & J. Sebastian Leguizamon, 2018. "The Housing Crisis, Foreclosures, and Local Tax Revenues," Working Papers 1803, Tulane University, Department of Economics.

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