The elasticity of taxable income in New Zealand: Evidence from the 1986 tax reform
AbstractThis paper uses the 1986 New Zealand tax reform as a ‘natural experiment’ to estimate the elasticity of taxable income for New Zealand. Adopting the methodology of Auten and Carroll (1999), elasticity estimates ranging from 0.34 to 0.52 are obtained. These results imply a significant behavioural response to tax rate changes well in excess of that implied by standard labour supply elasticity estimates, and suggest that the welfare costs of taxation in New Zealand are larger than may have previously been considered.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Taylor and Francis Journals in its journal New Zealand Economic Papers.
Volume (Year): 46 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (January)
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- Carey, Simon & Creedy, John & Gemmell, Norman & Teng, Josh, 2012.
"Regression Estimates of the Elasticity of Taxable Income and the Choice of Instrument,"
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2429, Victoria University of Wellington, Chair in Public Finance.
- Simon Carey & John Creedy & Norman Gemmell & Josh Teng, 2013. "Regression Estimates of the Elasticity of Taxable Income and the Choice of Instrument," Treasury Working Paper Series 13/08, New Zealand Treasury.
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