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Some benefits of reducing inflation in transition economies

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  • Blaszkiewicz, Monika

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    (BOFIT)

  • Konieczny, Jerzy

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    (BOFIT)

  • Myslinska, Anna

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    (BOFIT)

  • Radziwiland, Artur

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    (BOFIT)

  • Wozniak, Przemyslaw

    ()
    (BOFIT)

Abstract

We analyse welfare effects of the interactions between the tax system and inflation in Poland and in Ukraine, using the framework developed by Feldstein (1997, 1999). This approach stresses the fact that inflation increases distortions created by the tax system, in particular distortions to intertemporal saving decisions. We find that the effects are much smaller in the two transition countries than in developed marketeconomies. The reason is that taxation of investment returns is much more limited. Our results suggest that taxes on investment returns should be avoided in any future redesign of the tax system.

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Paper provided by Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition in its series BOFIT Discussion Papers with number 16/2002.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 18 Dec 2002
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofitp:2002_016

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