Abstract. The relative fiscal efficacy of using differential assessment as a means of preserving agricultural land is examined. A simple model of land use and land rent determination is developed and tested. An implication is that differential assessment merely delays or retards, but does not prevent, the conversion of land to developed uses. Differential assessment is viewed as a tax expenditure, or special tax reduction, that in essence leases development rights, Landowners are also shown to be overcompensated for the development rights implicitly acquired by the public sector. The fee simple purchase of development rights or regulatory control over the use of development rights can be employed to preserve farm land at a lower fiscal cost.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||American Journal of Economics and Sociology|
|State||Published - Apr 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Economics and Econometrics