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Unintended Consequences Of Property Tax Relief: New York’s Star Program

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October 2005. New York’s School Tax Relief Program, STAR, provides state-funded property tax relief for homeowners. Like a matching grant, STAR changes the price of public services, thereby altering the incentives of voters and school officials and leading to unintended consequences. Using data for New York State school districts before and after STAR was implemented, we find that STAR resulted in small increases in student performance along with significant decreases in the efficiency with which this performance is delivered and significant increases in school spending and property tax rates. These tax-rate increases magnify existing inequities in New York State’s education finance system.

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  • William Duncombe & Tae Ho Eom & John Yinger, 2005. "Unintended Consequences Of Property Tax Relief: New York’s Star Program," Center for Policy Research Working Papers 71, Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
  • Handle: RePEc:max:cprwps:71
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    1. Rockoff, Jonah E., 2010. "Local response to fiscal incentives in heterogeneous communities," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(2), pages 138-147, September.

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    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue

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