Charles Tiebout's Life in the Geography Department of the University of Washington was short, intense and profoundly influential. It lasted from 1963 until his untimely death in 1968. A full account of this influence and his impact on the remainder of the university and the Pacific Northwest has yet to be written. Thus, this page will remain "under construction".
The Tiebout Model at Fifty:
Essays in Public Economics in Honor of Wallace Oates
Editor: Fischel, William A.
The Tiebout Model at Fifty commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Charles Tiebout’s enormously influential 1956 article, “A Pure Theory of Local Expenditures,” and honors the contributions of Wallace Oates as expositor and popularizer of the Tiebout model. While Tiebout’s hypothesis is the touchstone for the economic analysis of local government, Oates gave the theory empirical content and brought the idea into the realm of public economics.
Contents A Pure Theory of Local Expenditures, Charles M. Tiebout 1. Footloose at Fifty: An Introduction to the Tiebout Anniversary Essays, William A. Fischel 2. The Many Faces of the Tiebout Model, Wallace E. Oates Commentary, Robert Inman 3. California's School Finance Reform: An Experiment in Fiscal Federalism, Eric J. Brunner and Jon Sonstelie Commentary, David Figlio 4. School Choice, Parental Information, and Tiebout Sorting: Evidence from Washington, DC, Jack Buckley and Mark Schneider Commentary, Therese McGuire 5. Imperfect Competition Between Communities, Politics, and Capitalization, William H. Hoyt Commentary, Robert M. Schwab 6. Exclusion's Attraction: Land Use Controls in Tieboutian Perspective, Lee Anne Fennell Commentary, Robert C. Ellickson 7. Nonfiscal Residential Zoning, Stephen Calabrese, Dennis Epple, and Richard Romano Commentary, Thomas J. Nechyba 8. Compared to What? Tiebout and the Comparative Merits of Congress and the States in Constitutional Federalism, Roderick M. Hills Jr. Commentary, Clayton P. Gillette 9. The Law of Demand in Tiebout Economics, Edward Cartwright, John P. Conley, and Myrna Wooders Commentary, Jan K. Brueckner 10. Tiebout—Stability and Efficiency: The Examples of Australia and South Africa, Jeffrey Petchey and Perry Shapiro Commentary, Harold M. Hochman About the Editor William A. Fischel, a professor in the Dartmouth College Economics Department since 1973, was named the Patricia F and William B. Hale '44 Professor in Arts and Sciences in 2002. His research focuses on the law and economics of regulatory takings and on the economics of local government, especially the Tiebout model, zoning, property taxation, and school finance. He is the author of The Homevoter Hypothesis, The Economics of Zoning Laws, and Regulatory Takings. The Tiebout Model at Fifty: Essays in Public Economics in Honor of Wallace Oates Edited by William A. Fischel Published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy 2006. 368 pages. $30.00 (paper) ISBN 1-55844-165-4
Reviews & Applications of the "Tiebout Model":
Assadian,-A. Fiscal determinants of migration to a fast-growing state: how the aged differ from the general population. Review-of-Regional-Studies. 1995. 25(3), pp 301-315.
This paper utilizes 1980-89 data on Florida's metropolitan areas to test the hypothesis that fiscal variables have differing influences on the in-migration of the aged as compared to the general population. The model, which is based on the Tiebout hypothesis, tests the role of variables which represent public school-related finances and public assistance.
Crampton, G., Local government structure and urban residential location. Urban-Studies. 1996. 33/7, 1061-1076.
"The large research literature on the Tiebout model has developed with little attention paid to the urban economic structure in which local government functions. This paper attempts to examine the theoretical consequences of local jurisdictions functioning within a conventional monocentric urban model."
Donahue, John D., "Tiebout? Or Not Tiebout? The Market Metaphor and America's Devolution Debate," Journal of Economic Perspectives 11(4), Fall 1997, pp.73-81. [issue includes other papers on federalism and devolution giving credit to Tiebout]
Fischel, William A., "Footloose at Fifty: An Introduction to the Tiebout Anniversary Essays" . THE TIEBOUT MODEL AT FIFTY: ESSAYS IN PUBLIC ECONOMICS IN HONOR OF WALLACE OATES, W.A. Fischel, ed., Cambridge, Mass.: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2006 Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=895609
Garasky,-Steven and Haurin,-Donald-R. Tiebout Revisited: Redrawing Jurisdictional Boundaries Journal-of-Urban-Economics; 42(3), November 1997, pp.366-76.
Goetz, S.J., 3.2. The Tiebout Hypothesis in: Migration and Local Labor Markets, Web Book, 1999.
Gramlich, Edward M. Financing Federal Systems: The Selected Essays of Edward M. Gramlich. Studies in Fiscal Federalism and State-Local Finance. Cheltenham, U.K. and Northampton, Mass.: Elgar; distributed by American International Distribution Corporation, Williston, VT, 1997. Pp. xv, 518. $95.00. ISBN 1-85898-656-7.
Twenty-three papers, most previously published, address issues of fiscal federalism. Papers focus on state and local governments and their budget constraint; state and local fiscal behavior and federal grant policy; explaining the large surpluses in state and local budgets; micro estimates of public spending demand functions and tests of the Tiebout and median-voter hypotheses; a review of the empirical literature on intergovernmental grants;..
Feld,-Lars-P., Referenda ("Voice") and Tiebout Competition ("Exit") as Means of Integration? Comment Aussenwirtschaft; 52(1-2), June 1997, pages 311-18.
Hatton, Michael J., "A Pure Theory of Lifelong Learning,"
Lifelong learning presupposes the development of a learning society, one where active, ongoing learning of a higher order will be broadly embraced. As this learning ethic develops, the demand for increased educational opportunities of all types will be unprecedented. Tiebout's "Pure Theory of Local Expenditures", a seminal paper in finance, has direct application for understanding consumer interests and pressures, the role of the central versus local governments, and the effects of consumer mobility and knowledge..."
Hoyt,-William-H. and Rosenthal,-Stuart-S. Household Location and Tiebout: Do Families Sort According to Preferences for Locational Amenities? Journal-of-Urban-Economics; 42(2), September 1997, pp.159-78.
Kenyon, Daphne A., "Theories of Interjurisdictional Competition," New England Economic Review, March/April 1997, pp.13-35.
Kollman, Ken, John H. Miller and Scott E. Page, "Political Institutions and Sorting in a Tiebout Model," American Economic Review 87(5), December 1997, pp.977-92.
McGuire,-Therese, Firm Location in a Tiebout World Journal-of-Regional-Science; 23(2), May 1983, pp.211-22.
Mieszkowski, Peter and George R. Zodrow, "Taxation and the Tiebout Model: The Differential Effects of Head Taxes, Taxes on Land Rents, and Property Taxes," Journ.of Econ.Lit., 27(3), Sept. 1989, 1098-1146
"Perhaps the most significant article on the theory of state and local public finance is the seminal paer by Charles Tiebout (1956). Tiebout constructed a multijurisdictional model in which independent local governments offer a wide variety of expenditure and tax policies, and perfectly mobile consumers reveal their preferences for local public goods through their choice of residential community..."
Miller, Stephen M.; Tabb, William K. A New Look at a Pure Theory of Local Expenditures National Tax Journal; 26; 2, 1973, pp.161-176
Building on the work of Charles Tiebout (1956), presents a consumer choice model in which tax-service ratios at different locations in the metropolitan area and family income are determinants of residential location.
J.M. Pogodzinski, ed., Readings in public policy / Cambridge, MA : Blackwell Publishers, 1995. Includes bibliographical references. Incomplete contents:
Roberts, Judith. "A Comment on the Many Faces of Tiebout Bias," Journ. of Urban Economics 32 (1992), 45-51.
Zodrow, George R., ed., Local provision of public services : the Tiebout model after twenty-five years. New York : Academic Press, 1983. ("Proceedings of the Peterkin Symposium on Local Provision of Public Services: The Tiebout Model after Twenty-Five Years Held April 16-17, 1981 at Rice University" Includes bibliographies)
Other References to Tiebout's Work:
Charles Tiebout Lectures and Prizes:
Selected Publications (Charles M. Tiebout):
(with Riefler,-Roger) Interregional Input-Output: An Empirical California-Washington Model Journal-of-Regional-Science; 10(2), Aug. 1970, pages 135-52.
An Empirical Regional Input-Output Projection Model: The State of Washington 1980, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 51, No. 3. (Aug., 1969), pp. 334-340.
Professor Charles M. Tiebout died on January 16, 1968. He prepared a draft of this paper, but was not able to do the final polishing himself. Philip Bourque, of the University of Washington, and Karen Polenske, of Harvard University, prepared the manuscript for publication.
NOTES: Input-Output and The Firm: A Technique for Using National and Regional Tables, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 49, No. 2. (May, 1967), pp. 260-262.
(in Book Reviews; Industrial Organization; Government and Business; Industry Studies) Defense Purchases and Regional Growth Roger E. Bolton The American Economic Review, Vol. 57, No. 1. (Mar., 1967), pp. 304-306.
(with Theodore Lane) The Local Service Sector in Relation to Economic Growth, in: Research and Education for Regional and Area Development. Iowa State Univ. Press 1966. [Iowa State University Center for Agricultural and Economic Development, Earl O. Heady, Executive Director], pp.95-109.
(in Book Reviews; Economic History; Economic Development; National Economies) National Growth and Economic Change in the Upper Midwest James M. Henderson, Anne O. Krueger The American Economic Review, Vol. 55, No. 5. (Dec., 1965), pp. 1209-1212.
Measuring the Impact of Regional Defense-Space Expenditures* (with Richard S. Peterson) The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 46, No. 4. (Nov., 1964), pp. 421-428.
An Intersectoral Flows Analysis of the California Economy (with W. Lee Hansen) The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 45, No. 4. (Nov., 1963), pp. 409-418.
The Community Economic Base Study. Committee for Economic Development, Supplementary Paper No.16, New York: 1963. [Architecture General Stacks: 330.973 C737sp no.16; OUGL & Suzzallo General Stacks HD82 .T517]
Metropolitan Finance Reconsidered: Budget Functions and Multi-Level Governments (with David B. Houston) The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 44, No. 4. (Nov., 1962), pp. 412-417.
(in Book Reviews) Local Impact of Foreign Trade: A Study in Methods of Local Accounting Werner Hochwald, Herbert E. Striner, Sidney Sonenblum The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 70, No. 1. (Feb., 1962), pp. 103-104.
Intra-Urban Location Problems: An Evaluation (in Economic Analysis of Urban Problems) The American Economic Review, Vol. 51, No. 2, Papers and Proceedings of the Seventy-Third Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association. (May, 1961), pp. 271-278.
(in Book Reviews) The Location of the Synthetic-Fiber Industry: A Case Study in Regional Analysis Joseph Airov The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 69, No. 1. (Feb., 1961), pp. 80-81.
"An Economic Theory of Fiscal Decentralization," in: NBER, Public Finances, Needs, Sources and Utilization. Princeton (Univ.Press), 1961, pp.79-96.
(with Vincent Ostrom and Robert Warren)
The Organization of Government in Metropolitan Areas: A
Theoretical Inquiry, American Political Science
Review. LV(4), December 1961, pp.831-42.
NOTES: Economies of Scale and Metropolitan Governments The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 42, No. 4. (Nov., 1960), pp. 442-444.
Community Income Multipliers: A Population Growth Model, Journal of Regional Science, 2(1), Spring 1960, pp.75ff.
Interregional Input-Output Models: An Appraisal," Southern Economic
Journal, vol.24, Oct., 1957, pp.140-47.
(in Book Reviews) Location and the Space Economy: A General Theory Relating to Industrial Location, Market Areas, Land Use, Trade, and Urban Structure Walter Isard The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 65, No. 5. (Oct., 1957), p. 455.
Location Theory, Empirical Evidence and Economic Evolution, Papers & Proceedings of the Regional Science Association, Vol.3, 1957, pp.74-86.
"A Pure Theory of Local Expenditures,"
The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 64, No. 5. (Oct., 1956), pp.
Exports and Regional Economic Growth The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 64, No. 2. (Apr., 1956), pp. 160-164.
The Urban Economic Base Reconsidered, Land Economics, Feb. 1956, pp.95-99.