Setting House Taxes by Italian Municipalities: What the Data Say

  • Fabio Padovano

This paper addresses the econometric issues related with spatial estimation in the context of the property tax set by Italian municipalities in 1993-2001. Using a comprehensive dataset of Italian cities, the paper finds that there are no significant differences in tax rates set by municipalities.

Key words: Local property tax; Strategic interactions among governments; Yardstick competition; Spatial auto-correlation.


Reaction Function Strategic Interaction Term Limit Yardstick Competition Fiscal Variable 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabio Padovano
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Istituzioni Pubbliche Economia e SocietáUniversità Roma TreItaly

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