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Monday, June 24, 2013

Fischel on Fiscal Zoning and Economists' Views of the Property Tax

BillfWilliam Fischel (Dartmouth - Econ) has posted Fiscal Zoning and Economists' Views of the Property Tax on SSRN.  Here's the abstract:

Fiscal zoning is the practice of using local land-use regulation to preserve and possibly enhance the local property tax base. Economists agree that if localities can conduct "perfect zoning," which effectively makes all real estate development decisions subject to a review that balances its benefits and costs to the community, then the local property tax can be converted into a benefit tax and lacks the deadweight loss of taxation. This essay argues that American zoning is closer to this ideal than many other economists think. The practice is often difficult to detect because zoning serves several objectives besides fiscal prudence.

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