The Challenge of Fiscal Disparities for State and Local Governments: The Selected Essays of Helen F. Ladd

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A collection of 25 years of policy-oriented research in the area of state and local public finance by a professor of public studies and economics at Duke University. Part I addresses fiscal disparities across local jurisdictions and the design of intergovernmental aid programs, and Part II examines the design of taxes and tax structures, with material on tax limitation measures. Part III deals with the interaction between taxes and land use, including fiscal effects of rapid population growth and the use of tax subsidies to promote growth in urban areas. Part IV focuses on education finance. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Pt. I Measuring Local Fiscal Disparities and Intergovernmental Aid
1 Local Education Expenditures, Fiscal Capacity, and the Composition of the Property Tax Base 3
2 State Aid to Offset Fiscal Disparities Across Communities 17
3 Measuring Disparities in the Fiscal Condition of Local Governments 37
4 The Case for Equalizing Aid 71
5 The Determinants of State Assistance to Central Cities 85
6 Which Level of Government Should Assist the Poor? 101
7 The State Aid Decision: Changes in State Aid to Local Governments, 1982-87 115
Pt. II Tax Structure and Tax Limitations
8 State Tax Structure and Multiple Policy Objectives 137
9 Mimicking of Local Tax Burdens Among Neighboring Countries 163
10 Property Tax Revaluation and Tax Levy Growth Revisited 181
11 State Responses to the TRA86 Revenue Windfalls: A New Test of the Flypaper Effect 198
12 An Economic Evaluation of State Limitations on Local Taxing and Spending Powers 220
13 Why Voters Support Tax Limitations: Evidence from Massachusetts Proposition 2 1/2 238
14 Who Supports Tax Limitations: Evidence from Massachusetts Proposition 2 1/2 266
15 The Tax Expenditure Concept After 25 Years 290
Pt. III Tax Policy and Land Use
16 Fiscal Impacts of Local Population Growth: A Conceptual and Empirical Analysis 301
17 Population Growth, Density and the Costs of Providing Public Services 327
18 City Taxes and Property Tax Bases 350
19 Spatially Targeted Economic Development Strategies: Do They Work? 371
Pt. IV School Finance
20 Statewide Taxation of Nonresidential Property for Education 399
21 How School Districts Respond to Fiscal Constraint 419
22 How and Why Money Matters: An Analysis of Alabama Schools 440
Name index 475
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