Investment Strategy And State And Local Economic Policy

Overview

State governments are ultimately competitors in their economic policies when people, products and capital are free to move across state borders. Nowhere is this competition more apparent than in the United States where individual states compete to promote economic growth by attracting industry with tax holidays, outright grants, subsidized financing and other means. Yet, the arguably greater influence of state fiscal policy on investment decisions has largely been ignored. This book redresses that deficiency by ...

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Overview

State governments are ultimately competitors in their economic policies when people, products and capital are free to move across state borders. Nowhere is this competition more apparent than in the United States where individual states compete to promote economic growth by attracting industry with tax holidays, outright grants, subsidized financing and other means. Yet, the arguably greater influence of state fiscal policy on investment decisions has largely been ignored. This book redresses that deficiency by providing a collection of chapters which discuss the theoretical and practical linkage between investment strategy and state economic policy. Specifically, it uses changes in relative state burdens as a measure of state fiscal policy and shows that by altering the incentives to work, save and invest, changes in a state's tax burden relative to other states influence decisions on whether, how much and where to invest.

The book is divided into three parts. The first section provides the theoretical framework for the book and discusses application of the basic model to explain the persistent differences in observed real income across states; the level of economic activity; and business starts and failures. The second section discusses, among other things, the implications of changes in state economic policy for investments in real estate; common stocks of small capitalization firms; and state general obligation bonds. The third section of the book, which examines the political dimensions of state economic policy, begins with a discussion of the effect of state economic policy on relative population shifts and reapportionment and ends with a proposal for a flat tax.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899304052
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/9/1992
  • Pages: 222
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

VICTOR A. CANTO is President of A.B. Laffer, V.A. Canto & Associates.

ARTHUR B. LAFFER is Chairman of A.B. Laffer, V.A. Canto & Associates.

ROBERT I. WEBB is an Associate Professor of Commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce of the University of Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Economic Activity and State Economic Policy
Ch. 1 The Effect of State Fiscal Policy on State Relative Economic Performance 3
Ch. 2 Practical Applications of the State Competitive Environment 25
Ch. 3 State Economic Environment: Business Starts and Business Failures 37
Pt. II Investment Implications: Asset Prices and State Economic Policy
Ch. 4 Either California's Housing Prices Are Going to Fall or California's in for One Helluva Rise in Personal Income 49
Ch. 5 The State Competitive Environment: An Ebb Tide Lowers All Boats 65
Ch. 6 The Determinants and Consequences of State General Obligation Bond Rating Changes 77
Ch. 7 Portfolio Strategy Based on Size, Location, and Industry Classification 99
Pt. III The Political Dimensions of State Economic Policy
Ch. 8 Reapportionment and State Economic Policy 135
Ch. 9 The Jarvis-Gann Tax Cut Proposal: An Application of the Laffer Curve 151
Ch. 10 Is the California Tax Revolt Over? An Analysis of California's Proposition 111 157
Ch. 11 A Proposal for a California Complete Flat Tax 169
Index 193
About the Contributors 197
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