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Estimation of Timber Rent and the Efficiency of Increasing Rental Payments in Russia

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  • Eismont Oleg

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  • Logvin Aleksey
  • Petrov Anatoly

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Though Russia is very rich in natural resources, the share of natural resource rental payments in budget revenues is very low, less than 4% of the consolidated budget. Like many other natural resources in Russia, timber is under-priced, due, largely, to low stumpage fees. In this paper, timber rent in Russia is estimated, using normative data on logging as well as data on timber auctions. The prospects of shifting the tax burden from labor to timber rent are analyzed. It is shown that stumpage fees in Russia can be substantially increased, making it possible to lower other distortionary taxes (e.g., payroll tax), thus raising the efficiency of the tax system.

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Paper provided by EERC Research Network, Russia and CIS in its series EERC Working Paper Series with number 01-13e.

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Length: 54 pages
Date of creation: 29 May 2002
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Handle: RePEc:eer:wpalle:01-13e

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