Abstract: This study aims to explore the underlying patterns in tax innovation. Prior studies of local sales taxes still leave a gap in the literature and render the results inconclusive because the studies cover either state level or localities within a single state for a short period. To cover the gap, we assemble a dataset of counties in all states for FY1970-2006 but focus on 12 states not threatened by intra-jurisdictional competition. Our empirical analyses yield evidence that a county adopts local sales tax for political and economic rationale rather than fiscal condition. Accordingly, regional diffusion has positive effects on local sales tax adoption in a county. These findings contribute substantively to sales tax literature while confirming policy diffusion.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||30|
|Journal||Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2017|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Administration
- Strategy and Management