Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/37463
Authors: 
Eichenberger, Reiner
Stadelmann, David
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2010: Ökonomie der Familie - Session: Local Public Debt D17-V3
Abstract: 
Public debts capitalize into property prices. This so far neglected fact has important consequences for the tax vs. debt choice. Property owners suffer more from the debt burden and, thus, have a stronger preference for tax financing of government spending than tenants. As a consequence of the resulting democratic struggle between property owners and tenants, the property ownership rate in a jurisdiction negatively affects public debts. We provide empirical support for this hypothesis by analyzing a cross-section of the 171 communities in the Swiss Canton of Zurich in the year 2000.
Subjects: 
Public Debts
Homeownership
Taxes
Ricardian Equivalence
JEL: 
H74
R51
H00
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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