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Property Tax Policy and Land-Use Change

  • Maksym Polyakov
  • Daowei Zhang

In this study, we analyze the effect of property taxes on changes between agricultural, forestry, Conservation Reserve Program, and developed land uses in Louisiana. We estimate a random parameters logit model of land-use conversion from the National Resources Inventory plot data. Our results indicate that land-use changes are inelastic with respect to property taxes. Simulation shows that current use valuation policy, while slowing down development of rural lands, also affects changes between rural land uses.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 84 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 396-408

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:84:y:2008:i:3:p:396-408
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