The non-optimality of the Mexican indirect tax system
AbstractThis paper starts with a review of the marginal tax reform methodology that was first advanced by Ahmad and Stern (1984), as well as its second-order variant introduced by Urzúa (2005). After that, it reviews some aspects of the estimation of demand systems, a topic that, although well known to applied econometricians, might be unfamiliar to practitioners. Finally, using an estimated demand system, the paper identifies marginal and second-order improvements in the current Mexican indirect tax system. For the non-experts, an appendix provides a computer code in Stata that can be used to estimate demand systems of the type considered here.
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Mexico; microsimulation models; marginal tax reform; Ahmad-Stern; social welfare; demand systems;
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- 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.
- C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
- H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
- H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
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