Maxwell School, Syracuse University

America's Ailing Cities:
Fiscal Health and the Design of Urban Policy
by Helen F. Ladd and John Yinger

 

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America's Ailing Cities: Fiscal Health and the Design of Urban Policy by Helen F. Ladd and John Yinger

Acknowledgments ix
  Preface xi
PART I Fiscal Health, Economic Health, and Resident Income  
Chapter 1 National Trends and the Fiscal Health of Cities 3
Chapter 2 Economic Health and Economic Structure 17
  Appendix: Sources of Employment and Payroll Data  36
PART II Fiscal Health Assuming Uniform Fiscal Institutions
Chapter 3 Revenue-Raising Capacity 45
  Appendix: Measuring Revenue-Raising Capacity and Tax Exporting  69
Chapter 4 Public Service Costs and Standardized Expenditure Need  78
  Appendix: Calculating Indexes of Public Service Costs and Standardized Expenditure Need 98
Chapter 5 Standardized Fiscal Health 102
  Appendix: Calculating Standardized Fiscal Health 120
PART III Fiscal Institutions and Actual Fiscal Health   
Chapter 6 The Availability and Form of Taxes 125
  Appendix:  Accounting for Actual Taxes 142
Chapter 7 Sharing the Capacity with Overlying Jurisdictions 145
  Appendix: Accounting for Overlying Jurisdictions 163
Chapter 8 Services Responsibilities 167
  Appendix: Calculating Service Responsibilities 184
Chapter 9 Actual Fiscal Health 190
  Appendix: Calculating Actual Fiscal Health 208
PART IV The Roles of City, State, and Federal Governments  
Chapter 10 Spending Decisions by Central City Governments 215
  Appendix: The Determinants of Spending by Central Cities 232
Chapter 11 State and Federal Assistance to Central Cities 252
  Appendix Calculating State Assistance to Central Cities 281
Chapter 12 Rethinking State and Federal Policy Toward Central Cities 286
  References 315
  Author Index 325
  Subject Index 327

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