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Uneven effects of the urban tax-free zone (“Zones Franches Urbaines”) policy’s impact: The consequences of a hemmed-in geographical position

Université Paris-Sud - ORSAY - -0001

We wish to highlight the geographical situation’s importance for urban areas targeted by the policy, namely their remoteness from metropolitan areas to which they are supposedly linked. The tax-free zones’ effect may indeed be beneficial only for a particular type of underprivileged neighborhood, strongly isolated or at the opposite barely isolated from the rest of the “neighboring” agglomeration.