Effects of Telecommuting on Central City Tax Bases

This report estimates the potential adverse economic and tax base reductions caused by telecommuting in the District of Columbia and suggests how other cities may be affected. The report was done in response to a request by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The general conclusion is that the losses are not large enough to be significant for the District, based on data collected before September 11, but could become substantial in the future if telecommuting becomes more widespread.