The Importance of Local Fiscal Conditions in Analyzing Local Labor Markets
NBER Working Paper No. 2040
A new test of the compensating wage differential model is proposed. The logic behind Roback's model showing how differences in nonproduced amenities may be reflected in intercity wage differentials is extended to the case of differences in local fiscal conditions, represented by tax rates and publicly produced services. Results show that differences in local tax rates and services provisions do generate compensating wage differentials across cities. The effects of a particularly large set of taxes and effective services output measures are examined.
Published: Journal of Political Economy, vol.97, no. 5, October 1989, pp.1208-1231.