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Evaluating the Move to a Linear Tax System in Germany and Other European Countries

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  • Denis Beninger

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  • Olivier Bargain
  • Miriam Beblo
  • Richard Blundell
  • Raquel Carrasco
  • Maria-Concetta Chiuri
  • François Laisney
  • Valérie Lechene
  • Ernesto Longobardi
  • Nicolas Moreau
  • Michal Myck
  • Javier Ruiz-Castillo
  • Frederic Vermeulen

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This paper proposes a comparison of the results of tax policy analysis obtained on the basis of unitary and collective representations of the household. We first generate labour supplies consistent with the collective rationality, by use of a model calibrated on microdata as described in Vermeulen et al. [Collective Models of Household Labor Supply with Nonconvex Budget Sets and Nonparticipation: A Calibration Approach ( 2006 )]. A unitary model is then estimated on these collective data and unitary and collective responses to a tax reform are compared. We focus on the introduction of linear taxation in Germany. The exercise is replicated for other European countries and other topical reforms. Distortions due to the use of a unitary model turn out to be important in predicting labour supply adjustments, in the design of tax revenue neutral reforms, and in predicting a reform’s welfare implications. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of Economics of the Household.

Volume (Year): 4 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 159-180

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Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:4:y:2006:i:2:p:159-180

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Keywords: Household labour supply; Intrahousehold allocations; Tax reform; JEL Classification; D11; D12; J22;

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  1. Hoynes, Hilary Williamson, 1996. "Welfare Transfers in Two-Parent Families: Labor Supply and Welfare Participation under AFDC-UP," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 64(2), pages 295-332, March.
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  1. Denis Beninger & François Laisney & Miriam Beblo, 2007. "Welfare analysis of a tax reform for Germany: a comparison of the unitary and collective models of household labour supply," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 20(4), pages 869-893, October.
  2. Pierre-André Chiappori & Costas Meghir, 2014. "Intrahousehold Inequality," NBER Working Papers 20191, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Vermeulen, F.M.P. & Bargain, O. & Beblo, M. & Beninger, D. & Blundell, R. & Carrasco, R. & Chiuri, M-C. & Laisney, F. & Lechene, V. & Moreau, N. & Myck, M. & Ruiz-castillo, J., 2006. "Collective models of labor supply with nonconvex budget sets and nonparticipation: A calibration approach," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-194160, Tilburg University.
  4. Olivier Bargain & Miriam Beblo & Denis Beninger & Richard Blundell & Raquel Carrasco & Maria-Concetta Chiuri & François Laisney & Valérie Lechene & Nicolas Moreau & Michal Myck & Javier Ruiz-Castill, 2006. "Does the Representation of Household Behavior Matter for Welfare Analysis of Tax-benefit Policies? An Introduction," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 4(2), pages 99-111, 06.
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