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Commodity Taxes, Wage Determination, and Profits

  • Delipalla, Sophia
  • Sanfey, Peter

We examine the effects of two different types of commodity taxation, specific and ad valorem, on wages and profits. We analyze two models of wage determination, one with efficiency wage setting and one with union-firm bargaining. In the former, a (locally) revenue-neutral shift from specific to ad valorem taxation leads to an increase in both employment and wages and a reduction in profitability. In the latter, the effect on wages and profits may be reversed: predominantly ad valorem taxation raises employment but lowers wages, and under certain circumstances, the net effect is an increase in profits. Copyright 2001 by Blackwell Publishing Inc.

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Volume (Year): 3 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 203-17

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