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The Distributional Effects of Commuting Subsidies – Evidence from Geo-Referenced Data and a Large-Scale Policy Reform

Heuermann, Daniel F. ; Assmann, Franziska ; vom Berge, Philipp ; Freund, Florian


We use the unexpected partial repeal of a tax break for commuters in Germany to examine the distribution of benefits from commuting subsidies between workers and firms. Drawing on a large set of geo-referenced employer-employee data, we use exact route distances between place of work and place of residence to calculate individual net wage benefits from commuting subsidies. In line with urban ...


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