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Those Taxes are all over the Map! A Test for Spatial Independence of Municipal Tax Rates in British Columbia


  • Craig Brett

    (Department of Economics, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex C04 3SQ, England,

  • Joris Pinkse

    (Department of Economics, University of British Columbia, 997-1873 East Mall, Kincouver V6T IZI, Canada,


A test for spatial independence based on characteristic functions is introduced. The test is shown to be consistent against a fairly general class of alternatives, and the asymptotic distribution of the test statistic is determined. The test is then put to use in analyzing the spatial pattern of municipal property tax rates for the province of British Columbia. Results of the new test are compared with those of Moran's test on this data set. Some intriguing differences are found.

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  • Craig Brett & Joris Pinkse, 1997. "Those Taxes are all over the Map! A Test for Spatial Independence of Municipal Tax Rates in British Columbia," International Regional Science Review, , vol. 20(1-2), pages 131-151, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:inrsre:v:20:y:1997:i:1-2:p:131-151

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