Product Quality and the Optimal Structure of Commodity Taxes
AbstractThe comparison between ad valorem and specific taxation is among the oldest issues in formal public finance and is important for policy in the European Union (EU) and elsewhere. This paper develops and articulates simple but very general elasticity rules that characterize the optimal balance between the two in a model of endogenous product quality. These rules temper the preference for ad valorem taxation that emerges from homogeneous product models, pointing to relatively heavy reliance on whichever form of taxation has the least effect on product quality. Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing, Inc..
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Volume (Year): 8 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
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