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Excise Tax on a Non-Uniform Pricing Monopoly: Ad Valorem and Unit Taxes Compared

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  • Francis K. Cheung
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    In this paper, ad valorem and unit taxation are compared on a model that allows for various monopolistic pricing policies, including uniform pricing and all three types of Pigouvian price discrimination. It shows that, for any given unit tax on a nonuniform pricing monopoly, there exists an output-neutral ad valorem tax rate that gives rise to a higher tax yield than the unit tax and there exists an ad valorem tax rate that welfare dominates the unit tax not only in the aggregate sense but also in the Pareto sense.

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    Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 31 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 5 (November)
    Pages: 1192-1203

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    Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:31:y:1998:i:5:p:1192-1203

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    1. Tri Vi Dang & Florian Morath, 2013. "The Taxation of Bilateral Trade with Endogenous Information," Working Papers tax-mpg-rps-2013-07, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance.
    2. Laszlo Goerke & Frederik Herzberg & Thorsten Upmann, 2012. "Failure of Ad Valorem and Specific Tax Equivalence under Uncertainty," CESifo Working Paper Series 3946, CESifo Group Munich.

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