The impact of property taxation on business investment in Alberta

Author
Dahlby, Bev
Ferede, Ergete
Khanal, Mukesh
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Date
2021
Keywords
tax rates , non-residential property , business investments
Abstract (summary)
Alberta municipalities rely heavily on property taxes levied on residential and non-residential sectors to finance local public services. This paper investigates the effects of non-residential property tax rate on business investment using panel data from 17 Alberta cities over the 1998-2017 period. We find that a one mill increase in the non-residential property tax rate is associated with a $49 decrease in commercial and industrial real capita investment. Based on this estimate, we calculate the marginal cost of public funds for the non-residential property tax, which range from 3.12 for Lethbridge to 1.21 for Leduc. We also find that business taxes that are levied on the rental value of a business property have a negative impact on investment, while higher expenditures on municipal services do not have a significant effect on business investment.
Publication Information
Dahlby B, Ferede E, Khanal M (2021). The impact of property taxation on business investment in Alberta. SPP Research Papers, 14(8). https://doi.org/10.11575/sppp.v14i.69686
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Item Type
Article
Language
English
Rights
Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)