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Issues in Extractive Resource Taxation

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  • James L. Smith

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This paper provides a conceptual overview of economists’ attempts to learn about the effects of taxes on extractive resources. The emphasis is on research methods and techniques, with no attempt to provide a comprehensive tabulation of previous empirical results or policy conclusions regarding preferred tax instruments or systems. We argue, in fact, that the nature of such conclusions largely depends on the researcher’s choice of modeling framework. Many alternative frameworks and approaches have been developed in the literature. Our goal is to describe the differences among them and to note their strengths and limitations.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 12/287.

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Length: 26
Date of creation: 06 Dec 2012
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:12/287

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Keywords: Natural resources; Mining sector; Tax policy; Fiscal policy; Taxation; Economic models; extractive resources; fiscal regimes; tax instruments; tax system; tax design; tax rates; tax reform; tax avoidance; marginal tax rates; government revenue; optimal tax; optimal taxation; fiscal affairs department; tax structure; tax revenue; effects of taxes; fiscal systems; fiscal design; tax income; rent taxes; tax base; fiscal stimuli; fiscal performance; tax analysis; international tax; corporate income taxes; tax policy analysis; tax incomes; capital investment; taxable income; tax incentives; capital expenditure; fiscal arrangements; tax distortions; petroleum taxation; effective tax rates; income tax system; fiscal structures; tax liabilities; progressive tax; fiscal instruments;

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