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The Government/Democrats' package of changes in indirect taxes

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  • Dixon, Peter B.
  • Rimmer, Maureen T.

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Australia is faced with a comprehensive package of changes to its indirect tax system, including the introduction of a GST. The Government’s only quantitative analysis in formulating the package employed PRISMOD, an archaic input‐output price model. PRISMOD sheds dim light on a very limited range of policy‐relevant variables. This article explains how PRISMOD works; this is of continuing relevance because PRISMOD results are a benchmark in negotiations concerning the price effects of the tax package. Then an assessment of the package is made using MONASH, a comprehensive dynamic general equilibrium model. Overall, the conclusions are negative: the package is welfare‐reducing and unnecessary.

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  • Dixon, Peter B. & Rimmer, Maureen T., 2000. "The Government/Democrats' package of changes in indirect taxes," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 44(1), March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aareaj:117794
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    1. John Freebairn, 2008. "Some Sectoral and Global Distributional Issues in Greenhouse Gas Policy Design," Agenda - A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics, vol. 15(1), pages 13-28.
    2. Freebairn, John W., 2008. "Some Distributional Issues in Greenhouse Gas Policy Design," 2008 Conference (52nd), February 5-8, 2008, Canberra, Australia 6770, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    3. John Freebairn, 2009. "Should Households and Businesses Receive Compensation for the Costs of Greenhouse Gas Emissions?," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 1071, The University of Melbourne.
    4. John Freebairn, 2010. "Carbon Taxes vs Tradable Permits: Efficiency and Equity Effects for a Small Open Economy," Chapters,in: Tax Reform in Open Economies, chapter 10 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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