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Tax Analysis in an Oligopoly Model

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  • Michael L. Katz
  • Harvey S. Rosen

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In this paper we analyze taxation using the conjectural variations model of oligopoly. We demonstrate the way in which the incidence of a tax depends upon the pattern of firm interaction. The results obtained have important implications for the controversy surrounding the question of whether a tax oncorporate income can be over-shifted. We also study normative aspects of taxation. The focus here is on the errors that can arise in excess burden calculations when incorrect assumptions on market structure are made.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 1088.

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Date of creation: Mar 1983
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Publication status: published as Katz, Michael L. and Harvey S. Rosen. "Tax Analysis in an Oligopoly Model." Public Finance Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 1, (January 1985), pp. 3-19.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:1088

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  1. Charles L. Ballard & Don Fullerton & John B. Shoven & John Whalley, 1985. "General Equilibrium Analysis of Tax Policies," NBER Chapters, in: A General Equilibrium Model for Tax Policy Evaluation, pages 6-24 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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