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Expanding taxable capacity and reaching revenue potential : cross-country analysis


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  • Le, Tuan Minh
  • Moreno-Dodson, Blanca
  • Rojchaichaninthorn, Jeep
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    An effective tax system is fundamental for successful country development. The first step to understand public revenue systems is to establish some commonly agreed performance measurements and benchmarks. This paper employs a cross-country study to estimate tax capacity from a sample of 104 countries during 1994-2003. The estimation results are then used as benchmarks to compare taxable capacity and tax effort in different countries. Taxable capacity refersto the predicted tax-gross domestic product ratio that can be estimated with the regression, taking into account a country's specific economic, demographic, and institutional features. Tax effort is defined as an index of the ratio between the share of the actual tax collection in gross domestic product and the predicted taxable capacity. The authors classify countries into four distinct groups by their level of actual tax collection and attained tax effort. This classification is based on the benchmark of the global average of tax collection and a tax effort index of 1 (when tax collection is exactly the same as the estimated taxable capacity). The analysis provides guidance for countries with various levels of tax collection and tax effort.

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    Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4559.

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    Date of creation: 01 Mar 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4559

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    Keywords: Taxation&Subsidies; Debt Markets; Public Sector Economics&Finance; Emerging Markets; Economic Theory&Research;

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    Cited by:
    1. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, 2010. "Can Pakistan Get Out of the Low Tax-to-GDP Trap?," Lahore Journal of Economics, Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics, Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics, vol. 15(Special E), pages 171-185, September.
    2. Nihal Bayraktar & Tuan Minh Le & Blanca Moreno-Dodson, 2012. "Tax Capacity and Tax Effort: Extended Cross-Country Analysis from 1994 to 2009," EcoMod2012 3858, EcoMod.
    3. World Bank, 2011. "Republic of Armenia - Fiscal Consolidation and Recovery : Synthesis Report," World Bank Other Operational Studies 2807, The World Bank.


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