Optimal alcohol taxation: Simulation results for Estonia
AbstractThe aim of this paper is to empirically estimate the optimal level of alcohol taxes for Estonia on externality as well as fiscal grounds. For this purpose, a static general-equilibrium model with a representative agent was used. Simulation results showed that raising alcohol taxes a certain amount is warranted. However, if one were to use conservative parameter values, this result is undermined. With an eye towards future research, more reliable estimates for several parameters are required in order to increase the policy relevance of the model.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies in its journal Baltic Journal of Economics.
Volume (Year): 11 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
alcohol; externalities; optimal tax;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
- H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
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