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The Influence of Taxes on Employment and Population Growth: Evidence from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area

  • Mark, Stephen T.
  • McGuire, Therese J.
  • Papke, Leslie E.
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    We examine whether personal and business taxes are an important determinant of economic development in a metropolitan area. We estimate determinants of the location of private employment and population across the D.C. metropolitan area over the period 1969-94. After controlling for jurisdiction and time effects, we find that higher rates of two business taxes--sales and personal property--reduce annual employment growth by a significant amount. Higher levels of nonwelfare public service expenditures are estimated to increase employment growth. We do not find local property taxes to be a significant factor.

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    Volume (Year): 53 (2000)
    Issue (Month): n. 1 (March)
    Pages: 105-24

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    1. Timothy J. Bartik, 1991. "Who Benefits from State and Local Economic Development Policies?," Books from Upjohn Press, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, number wbsle, June.
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