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The distribution of expenditure tax burden before and after tax reform: The case of Cameroon

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  • Tabi Atemnkeng Johannes
  • Atabongawung Joseph Nju
  • Afeanyi Azia Theresia
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    This paper examines the incidence of indirect taxation in Cameroon in 1983, 1996 and 2001. Using household surveys for these three years, the paper looks into which consumption taxes are progressive and determines if changes in tax policy influenced the welfare of the poor. The paper suggests that the incidence of expenditure taxes changes with the changing economic environment and reveals that the indirect tax reforms of 1994 and 1999 have been generally pro-poor. In the aggregate, consumption taxes became more progressive than before, partly due to changing consumption patterns following the introduction of new taxes or replacement of old ones.

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    Paper provided by African Economic Research Consortium in its series Research Papers with number RP_161.

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    Length: 45 pages
    Date of creation: Nov 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:aer:rpaper:rp_161

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