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Revealed Preferences for Property Taxes: An Empirical Study of Perceived Tax Incidence

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  • Moomau, Pamela H
  • Morton, Rebecca B

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Voting in an election over removal of a "homestead exemption" is examined to determine different groups' perceptions of the incidence of the property tax. Homeowners in two categories appear to evaluate accurately the effects on them of the homestead exemption. Renters with higher-cost rental contracts are more likely to believe they are significantly affected by the change in the property tax structure. These results demonstrate the ability of local governments to discriminate in tax share price across groups of voters. Copyright 1992 by MIT Press.

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  • Moomau, Pamela H & Morton, Rebecca B, 1992. "Revealed Preferences for Property Taxes: An Empirical Study of Perceived Tax Incidence," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 74(1), pages 176-179, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:74:y:1992:i:1:p:176-79
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    1. Timothy Besley & Anne Case, 2003. "Political Institutions and Policy Choices: Evidence from the United States," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, pages 7-73.
    2. Anderson, Nathan B., 2011. "No relief: Tax prices and property tax burdens," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(6), pages 537-549.
    3. Stanley L. Winer & Walter Hettich, 2002. "The Political Economy of Taxation: Positive and Normative Analysis when Collective Choice Matters," Carleton Economic Papers 02-11, Carleton University, Department of Economics, revised 2004.

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