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Labor Supply Prediction when Tax Avoidance Matters

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  • Agell, Jonas

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    (Department of Economics)

  • Persson, Mats

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    (Institute for International Economic Studies)

  • Sacklén, Hans

    (Trade Union Institute for Economic Research)

Abstract

We examine how tax avoidance in the form of trade in well-functioning asset markets affects the empirical study of labor supply. We discuss the implications for tax policy analysis, and we show that a failure to account for avoidance responses may lead to huge errors when predicting how tax reform affects labor supply tax revenue, and the welfare cost of taxation. In conclusion we argue that our model may explain a number of otherwise hard to understand dimensions of tax payer response.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 1999:16.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 28 Sep 1999
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Publication status: Published in European Journal of Political Economy, 2004, pages 963-982.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:1999_016

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Keywords: Labor supply; tax avoidance; asset markets; tax reform simulation;

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  3. Strauss, Tove, 2000. "Economic Reforms and the Poor," Working Paper Series 164, Trade Union Institute for Economic Research.
  4. Strauss, Tove, 2000. "Structural Reforms, Uncertainty, and Private Investment," Working Paper Series 165, Trade Union Institute for Economic Research.
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