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Estimación de elasticidades e impuestos óptimos a los bienes más consumidos en México


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  • Jorge N. Valero Gil

    (Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León)


We estimate cross and direct elasticities for food products in Mexico. We consider Mexico's most consumed goods, which are tortillas, meat, chicken, milk, eggs, onion, chili pepper, kidney beans, soft drinks, and water. We find that using the methodology of Deaton to estimate elasticities creates difficulties when applying it to rural zones and cross-elasticities. We further use the estimated elasticities to find the optimal taxes for these products, to evaluate whether an optimal tax reform would call for greater consumer taxes or subsidies.

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Article provided by El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos in its journal Estudios Económicos.

Volume (Year): 21 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 127-176

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Handle: RePEc:emx:esteco:v:21:y:2006:i:2:p:127-176

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Keywords: food elasticities; optimal taxation; consumer economics; urban-rural analysis; agricultural markets;

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  1. Castañon-Herrera, Alberto & Urzúa, Carlos M., 2012. "The non-optimality of the Mexican indirect tax system," EGAP Chapters, in: Fiscal Inclusive Development: Microsimulation Models for Latin America Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de México.
  2. Fuentes, Hugo Javier & Zamudio, Andrés, 2013. "Estimación y análisis de la elasticidad precio de la demanda para diferentes tipos de bebidas en México
    [Estimation and analysis of price elasticity of demand to different kind of beverage in Me
    ," MPRA Paper 50603, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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