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A Theory of Commodity Tax Reform under Revenue Constraint

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  • Tatsuo Hatta

    (CIRJE, Faculty of Economics and Center for Spatial Infromation Science, The University of Tokyo)

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Despite the development of the optimal taxation theory , few of the practicing tax economists question the traditional wisdom that making tax rates flat will lead to a more efficient tax system. Practicing tax economists seem to have an intuition that even if the uniform tax structure may not be the most efficient, it may be a close approximation. The present paper survey the literature that provides theoretical under-pinnings for the practitioner's intuition. Also, the paper simplifies the statements and proofs of theorems in literature.

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Paper provided by CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in its series CIRJE F-Series with number CIRJE-F-269.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2004
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Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:2004cf269

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  1. Sandmo, Agnar, 1976. "Optimal taxation : An introduction to the literature," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 6(1-2), pages 37-54.
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Cited by:
  1. Charles Yuji Horioka & Shizuka Sekita, 2006. "Tax Reform in Japan: The Case of Personal Taxes," ISER Discussion Paper 0660, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
  2. Charles Yuji Horioka & Shizuka Sekita, 2004. "An Assessment of Consumption and Income Taxes in Japan," ISER Discussion Paper 0624, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
  3. AHMED, Eatzat & JALIL, Abdul & IDREES, Muhammad, 2013. "Almost Ideal Demand System And Uniform Taxation In Pakistan: Econometric Evidences For Consumer Goods In Pakistan, 1984-2008," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 13(2), pages 207-216.
  4. Yoshitomo Ogawa, 2007. "The optimal commodity tax structure in a four-good model," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 14(6), pages 657-671, December.

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