The effect of property tax on wealth accumulation in developing economies

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Fiyinfoluwa Giwa ORCID logo, Ireen Choga ORCID logo

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Wealth accumulation aids in the survival and betterment of disadvantaged households. The majority of African households acquire wealth in the form of properties, which form part of their assets. This study aims to investigate the effect of property tax on wealth accumulation. From 1990 through 2019, the study looks at seven African countries: Cameroon, Eswatini, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa, and Tunisia. The panel vector error correction model (PVECM) was employed as the econometric technique approach. The variables used in the study are property tax, land wealth, political stability, education, and household income. The findings show that property taxes have a positive and significant relationship with wealth accumulation in the long-run in the seven African countries studied. In the short-run, however, the relationship is negative and statistically insignificant. The study recommends a policy review on land ownership to attain easily landed properties and a reduction in property tax.

Keywords: Property Tax, Wealth Accumulation, Panel Vector Error Correction Model, African Households, African Countries

Authors’ individual contribution: Conceptualization — F.G.; Methodology — F.G.; Software — F.G.; Validation — F.G.; Formal Analysis — F.G.; Investigation — F.G.; Resources — F.G.; Data Curation — F.G.; Writing — Original Draft — F.G.; Writing — Review & Editing — I.C.; Visualization — F.G.; Supervision — I.C.; Project Administration — I.C.; Funding Acquisition — I.C.

Declaration of conflicting interests: The Authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

JEL Classification: D14, D31, H20

Received: 02.02.2023
Accepted: 01.09.2023
Published online: 04.09.2023

How to cite this paper: Giwa, F., & Choga, I. (2023). The effect of property tax on wealth accumulation in developing economies [Special issue]. Corporate Governance and Organizational Behavior Review, 7(3), 405–414.