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Financing Georgia's Future II

March 1, 2007

This second release of a biennial report focuses on Georgia's taxes, making cross-state comparisons of their structure and exploring revenue performance over time. FRC Report 144

The Interdependence of School Outcomes and School and Neighborhood Crime

March 1, 2007

In this paper, we estimate the effects of neighborhood crime and in-school crime on educational outcomes for elementary and secondary schools in the city of Atlanta over the period 1999 to 2002. We specify a model that accounts for the joint determination of both types of crime along with school outcomes. Despite the large empirical literature on both education production functions and crime incidence, there has been little empirical work on crime's effect on school outcomes. One exception is Grogger (1997) who used individual data from the High School and Beyond study to estimate the effect of school violence on measures of individual student performance. After controlling for individual and school characteristics, he found that moderate and severe levels of school violence had substantial negative consequences for school outcomes. Our study both updates and expands on his work, using current data and better measures of neighborhood violence. Working Paper 07-19

Transportation Funding Alternatives:A Preliminary Analysis

January 1, 2007

This report explores issues associated with proposed alternative revenue sources for increasing transportation for funding. FRC Report 138

Transportation Funding Alternatives:A Preliminary Analysis - Brief

January 1, 2007

This report explores issues associated with proposed alternative revenue sources for increasing transportation for funding. FRC Brief 138

Revenue Losses from Exemptions of Goods from the Georgia Sales and Use Tax

September 1, 2006

This report provides estimates of the revenue loss from sales tax exemptions. FRC Report 134

Gasoline Taxes in Georgia

April 1, 2006

This report describes and compares Georgia's fuel tax with other states and evaluates it as a long-term dedicated revenue source for highway funding in the state. FRC Report 126

Gasoline Taxes in Georgia - Brief

April 1, 2006

This report describes and compares Georgia's fuel tax with other states and evaluates it as a long-term dedicated revenue source for highway funding in the state. FRC Brief 126

Financing an Increased State Role in Funding K-12 Education: An Analysis of Issues and Options

October 1, 2005

This report presents an analysis of replacing school property tax with alternative state revenue sources. FRC Report 114

Financing Georgia's Future

December 1, 2004

This report explores how Georgia finances its expenditures through various revenue sources and compares Georgia's taxes across states and over time on multiple dimensions.

An Initial Evaluation of a Proposed Statewide Education Sales Tax

December 1, 2004

This report provides a preliminary analysis of a proposal to replace education property taxes with a statewide sales tax.

Distribution of Per Capita Income in Georgia: 1969-2000

September 1, 2004

Since the mid 1980s, the state of Georgia has been popularly characterized as consisting of two (or more) distinct economies or economic regions, the Atlanta Region and the remainder of the state. Since the appearance of the term "two Georgias" in the local lexicon, policy makers have attempted to address problems associated with the perception that Atlanta and its surrounding counties are experiencing tremendous economic growth, while the remainder of the state languishes. Because the quality and quantity of local public services are determined, in part, by local economic activity, concerns have been raised about the existence of two Georgias and how such an economic partition might affect the distribution of revenue generating capacity among counties across the state.Past research suggests that the average income of different areas of a country tend to converge as overall income rises. Using per capita personal income (PCI) data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), we compare 1969 PCI with 2000 PCI to determine: 1) if convergence has occurred 2) how changes in PCI are geographically distributed, and 3) whether these data support the popular conception that Georgia consists of two separate economies. Report #95

Are Small Urban Centers Magnets for Economic Growth?

December 1, 2001

This report estimates a model of county-level job growth and finds an effect of small urban centers on their regional economies.