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A Decade of Tax and Benefit Reforms in Sweden -Effects on Labour Supply, Welfare and Inequality

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  • Aronsson,T.
  • Palme,M.

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Sweden has experienced a sequence of tax and benefit reforms during the last decade. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate these extensive reforms from the points of view of labour supply, welfare and inequality. As a basis of the analysis, we use the household labour supply model, which is estimated using cross- section data from 1980. Simulation of the model reveals that tax and benefit reforms have led to a considerable reduction of the excess burden. Regarding inequality we are less conclusive, since these results depend on whether we define "income" as disposable income or money metric utility.

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Paper provided by Uppsala - Working Paper Series in its series Papers with number 3.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 1994
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Handle: RePEc:fth:uppaal:3

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Keywords: TAX REFORMS; LABOUR SUPPLY; WELFARE ECONOMICS;

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  1. Liang, Che-Yuan, 2009. "Nonparametric Structural Estimation of Labor Supply in the Presence of Censoring," Working Paper Series, Center for Fiscal Studies 2009:6, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  2. Blomquist, Soren & Eklof, Matias & Newey, Whitney, 2001. "Tax reform evaluation using non-parametric methods: Sweden 1980-1991," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 79(3), pages 543-568, March.
  3. Agell, Jonas & Persson, Mats & Sacklén, Hans, 1999. "Labour Supply Prediction When Tax Avoidance Matters," Seminar Papers 679, Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies.
  4. Åsa Hansson, 2007. "Taxpayers' responsiveness to tax rate changes and implications for the cost of taxation in Sweden," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 14(5), pages 563-582, October.
  5. Witterblad, Mikael, 2008. "Essays on Redistribution and Local Public Expenditures," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 731, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  6. Martin Floden & Jesper Lindé, 2001. "Idiosyncratic Risk in the United States and Sweden: Is There a Role for Government Insurance?," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 4(2), pages 406-437, July.
  7. Thor O. Thoresen & Zhiyang Jia & Peter J. Lambert, 2013. "Distributional benchmarking in tax policy evaluations," Discussion Papers 765, Research Department of Statistics Norway.
  8. Tom Kornstad & Thor Olav Thoresen, 2006. "Effects of Family Policy Reforms in Norway. Results from a Joint Labor Supply and Child Care Choice Microsimulation Analysis," Discussion Papers 450, Research Department of Statistics Norway.
  9. Witterblad, Mikael, 2008. "The Demand for Local Public Services in Sweden," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 730, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  10. Blomquist, Sören & Newey, Whitney, 1997. "Nonparametric Estimation of Labor Supply Functions Generated by Piece Wise Linear Budget Constraints," Working Paper Series 1997:24, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  11. Agell, Jonas & Persson, Mats & Sacklen, Hans, 2004. "The effects of tax reform on labor supply, tax revenue and welfare when tax avoidance matters," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 20(4), pages 963-982, November.
  12. Agell, Jonas & Persson, Mats & Sacklén, Hans, 1999. "Labor Supply When Tax Avoidance Matters," Working Paper Series 157, Trade Union Institute for Economic Research.
  13. Thomas Aronsson & James R. Walker, 2010. "Labor Supply, Tax Base and Public Policy in Sweden," NBER Chapters, in: Reforming the Welfare State: Recovery and Beyond in Sweden, pages 127-158 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  14. Johan Willner & Lena Granqvist, 2002. "The Impact on Efficiency and Distribution of a Base-Broadening and Rate-Reducing Tax Reform," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 9(3), pages 273-294, May.

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