The Influence of Taxes on Employment and Population Growth: Evidence from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area

Posted: 21 Aug 1998

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Stephen T. Mark

Government of New York City, NY - Independent Budget Office

Therese J. McGuire

Northwestern University - Department of Management & Strategy

Leslie E. Papke

Michigan State University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: March 25, 1998

Abstract

In this paper, we examine whether taxes are an important determinant of economic development in a metropolitan area. We examine employment and population growth in the District of Columbia and eight surrounding suburbs in Virginia and Maryland over the period 1969-1994. We explain much of the variation in population and employment growth rates across jurisdictions in the D.C. metropolitan area with fiscal, economic, and quality-of-life variables. However, with the exception of the personal property tax on business, taxes do not appear to be a deterrent to the location of jobs and people across the D.C. metropolitan area.

JEL Classification: H73, H71, H25

Suggested Citation

Mark, Stephen T. and McGuire, Therese J. and Papke, Leslie E., The Influence of Taxes on Employment and Population Growth: Evidence from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area (March 25, 1998). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=116868

Stephen T. Mark

Government of New York City, NY - Independent Budget Office ( email )

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Therese J. McGuire

Northwestern University - Department of Management & Strategy ( email )

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Leslie E. Papke (Contact Author)

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