On the Measurement of Benefits in an Urban Context: Some General Equilibrium Issues [report]

Paul Courant, Daniel Rubinfeld
1975 unpublished
The validity of using local market data to measure the benefits associated with policies adopted in an urban area is investigated. It is shown that the rest of the rld is affected by taxing decisions undertaken in a single urban area, so that local data cannot perfectly measure the welfare effects of a policy change. Specifically, the fact that the willingness to pay for a tax increase is positive in the rest of the world suggests that costbenefit analyses which do not account for the rest of
more » ... e world may be biased. Ac}ciowledgement s The authors wish to thank
doi:10.3386/w0114 fatcat:s5wfymgbkve35jsrlag7tyh3ou