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Does Favorable Tax-Treatment of Housing Reduce Equipment Investment?

Ben Broadbent, Michael Kremer

NBER Working Paper No. 6161
Issued in September 1997
NBER Program(s):Economic Fluctuations and Growth, Public Economics

It is often argued that low tax rates on owner-occupied housing divert investment from equipment. This paper demonstrates that if people are heterogeneous in their propensity to save, and if there are constraints on borrowing, favorable tax treatment of owner-occupied housing up to a certain value increases equipment investment. This is because low housing taxes encourage renters to become owner-occupiers, and this leads existing owner-occupiers to shift their portfolio of other assets from rental housing to equipment.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w6161

Published: Broadbent, Ben and Michael Kremer. "Does Favorable Tax-Treatment Of Housing Reduce Non-Housing Investment?," Journal of Public Economics, 2001, v81(3,Sep), 369-391.

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