publication . Preprint . 2006

VOLUNTEERING TO BE TAXED: BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS AND THE EXTRA-GOVERNMENTAL PROVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Leah Brooks;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Aug 2006
Abstract
When the median voter's preference sets the level of local public goods, some voters are left unsatisfied. Is there an institution by which subsets of voters can resolve the collective action problem and increase the local provision of public goods? If so, what are the consequences? In response to problems such as crime and vandalism, neighborhood property owners have established Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to provide local public goods. When a BID is approved by a majority of property owners in a neighborhood, state law makes contributions to the BID budget mandatory. This resolution of the neighborhood's collective action problem reduces crime - BIDs...
Subjects
acm: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDSOCIETYComputingMilieux_LEGALASPECTSOFCOMPUTING
free text keywords: jel:H7, jel:R5
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