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Tax Structure and Revenue Instability under External Shocks: Some General Equilibrium Calculations for Cote d'Ivoire


  • Dawkins, Christina
  • Whalley, John


This paper presents some general equilibrium calculations for Cote d'Ivoire which explore the significance of tax structure for the relationship between external shocks and revenue instability, an issue until recently little explored in the literature, either for Cote d'Ivoire or other developing countries. Results suggest that a low-rate broadly based value-added tax, as advocated by the World Bank in its structural adjustment lending, may be a poor revenue stabilizer compared with existing trade-based tax regimes in many lower-income commodity exporting countries. With high trade taxes, the external sector is smaller, and external sector shocks generate less revenue instability under existing arrangements compared with a broadly based yield-neutral alternative, such as a VAT. Copyright 1997 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Dawkins, Christina & Whalley, John, 1997. "Tax Structure and Revenue Instability under External Shocks: Some General Equilibrium Calculations for Cote d'Ivoire," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 1(1), pages 23-33, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:rdevec:v:1:y:1997:i:1:p:23-33

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    1. Madanmohan Ghosh & John Whalley, 2002. "Are Price Controls Necessarily Bad? The Case of Vietnam," UWO Department of Economics Working Papers 20021, University of Western Ontario, Department of Economics.

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