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Regional Effects of Taxes in Canada: An Applied General Equilibrium Approach

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  • Rich Jones
  • John Whalley

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This paper reports on an applied general equilibrium regional model for Canada which is used to investigate the regional effects of taxes. Earlier, literature on regional tax effects is reviewed and the main features of the model are briefly described. Existing literature on regional tax effects is largely non-quantitative, and does not discuss several important regional features of taxes, such as taxes which are predominantly on products or industries located in particular regions. Results suggest that regional effects of taxes can be significant, and in the Canadian case at least, do not tend to counterbalance one another. In general, richer regions tend to lose and poorer regions gain from federal taxes, but other regional characteristics such as manufacturing/non-manufacturing, or resource/non-resource can be important.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 2107.

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Date of creation: Dec 1986
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Publication status: published as Journal of Public Economics. vol. 37, pp.1-28. 1988. Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 105, No. 2, pp. 353-374, May 1990.
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  1. St-Hilaire, France & Whalley, John, 1983. "A Microconsistent Equilibrium Data Set for Canada for Use in Tax Policy Analysis," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 29(2), pages 175-204, June.
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  1. Plassmann, Florenz, 2005. "The advantage of avoiding the Armington assumption in multi-region models," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 35(6), pages 777-794, November.
  2. Giesecke, James A. & Madden, John R., 2013. "Regional Computable General Equilibrium Modeling," Handbook of Computable General Equilibrium Modeling, Elsevier, Elsevier.
  3. Inman, Robert P. & Rubinfeld, Daniel L., 1996. "Designing tax policy in federalist economies: An overview," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 60(3), pages 307-334, June.
  4. Lefebvre, Pierre & Mayer, Francine, 1990. "Une taxe nationale de vente doit-elle exempter l’alimentation? Une réponse d’une analyse d’équilibre général dans le cas du Québec," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 66(1), pages 31-49, mars.
  5. Laurence Kotlikoff & Bernd Raffelhueschen, 1991. "How Regional Differences in Taxes and Public Goods Distort Life Cycle Location Choices," NBER Working Papers 3598, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  6. Bröcker, Johannes & Schneider, Martin, 1999. "How does economic development in eastern Europe affect Austria's regions? A multiregional general equilibrium framework," Discussion Papers, Dresden University of Technology, Faculty of Transportation and Traffic Sciences "Friedrich List", Institute for Transport and Economics 1/99, Dresden University of Technology, Faculty of Transportation and Traffic Sciences "Friedrich List", Institute for Transport and Economics.
  7. Gary Gillespie & Peter Mcgregor & J. Kim Swales & Ya Ping Yin, 2001. "The Displacement and Multiplier Effects of Regional Selective Assistance: A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(2), pages 125-139.

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