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Assessing the Effects of Local Taxation Using Microgeographic Data

30 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2011  

Gilles Duranton

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Laurent Gobillon

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST); National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED)

Henry G. Overman

London School of Economics (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: September 2011

Abstract

We study the impact of local taxation on the location and growth of firms. Our empirical methodology pairs establishments across jurisdictional boundaries to estimate the impact of taxation. Our approach improves on existing work as it corrects for unobserved establishment heterogeneity, for unobserved time‐varying site‐specific effects and for the endogeneity of local taxation. Applied to data for English manufacturing establishments, we find that local taxation has a negative impact on employment growth but no effect on entry.

Suggested Citation

Duranton, Gilles and Gobillon, Laurent and Overman, Henry G., Assessing the Effects of Local Taxation Using Microgeographic Data (September 2011). The Economic Journal, Vol. 121, Issue 555, pp. 1017-1046, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1931362 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2011.02439.x

Gilles Duranton

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Laurent Gobillon

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST) ( email )

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France

National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED) ( email )

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Henry G. Overman

London School of Economics (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment ( email )

Houghton Street
WC2A 2AE London
United Kingdom
+44 20 7955 6581 (Phone)
+44 20 7955 7412 (Fax)

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom

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