Assessing the Effects of Local Taxation Using Microgeographic Data

43 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2006

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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)

Date Written: September 2006

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.

Keywords: Local taxation, spatial differencing, borders, regression discontinuity

JEL Classification: H22, H71, R38

Suggested Citation

Duranton, Gilles and Gobillon, Laurent and Overman, Henry G., Assessing the Effects of Local Taxation Using Microgeographic Data (September 2006). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5856, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=952769

Gilles Duranton (Contact Author)

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

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Laurent Gobillon

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Henry G. Overman

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

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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