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Value-added Taxation and Consumption

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  • James Alm

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    (Department of Economics, Tulane University)

  • Asmaa El-Ganainy

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    (Fiscal Affiars Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF))

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One of the main rationales for taxing consumption rather than income is that it is believed that consumption taxes discourage consumption, encourage savings, and thus generate higher economic growth. However, empirical evidence on the actual effectiveness of consumption taxes in stimulating savings is very limited. In this paper, we estimate the impact of a broad-based consumption tax, the value-added tax (VAT), on the aggregate consumption of fifteen European Union countries over the period 1961-2005. Our empirical results indicate, across a variety of estimation methods and specifications, that a one percentage point increase in the VAT rate leads to roughly a one percent reduction in the level of aggregate consumption in the short run and to a somewhat larger reduction in the long run.

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Paper provided by Tulane University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1203.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Keywords: value-added taxation; consumption taxation; savings; economic growth; generalized methods of moments estimation;

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  1. Luca Barbone & Misha V. Belkindas & Leon Bettendorf & Richard Bird & Mikhail Bonch-Osmolovskiy & Michael Smart, 2013. "Study to quantify and analyse the VAT Gap in the EU-27 Member States," CASE Network Reports 0116, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
  2. Laurence Seidman, 2014. "Overcoming The Fiscal Trilemma With Two Progressive Consumption Tax Supplements," Working Papers 14-04, University of Delaware, Department of Economics.

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