Local Sales Taxes as a Means of Increasing Revenues and Reducing Property Tax Burdens: An Analysis Using Propensity Score Matching

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Whitney Afonso

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Government; University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Date Written: Summer 2014

Abstract

In keeping with previous literature, local option sales taxes (LOSTs) are shown to reduce property tax burdens as well as increase own source revenue, although the magnitude is larger than previously estimated. This article advances the literature by using more sophisticated econometric techniques to minimize self‐selection bias concerns. It also addresses some of the lingering questions from previous studies. Using county data from 35 states over the time period of 1983–2004, counties with LOSTs are matched to counties that have the same estimated propensity to adopt a LOST but are precluded by their states from doing so.

Suggested Citation

Afonso, Whitney, Local Sales Taxes as a Means of Increasing Revenues and Reducing Property Tax Burdens: An Analysis Using Propensity Score Matching (Summer 2014). Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol. 34, Issue 2, pp. 24-43, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2446308 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pbaf.12039

Whitney Afonso (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Government ( email )

NC
United States

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

Athens, GA 30602
United States

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