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Marginal Tax Rates and Tax‐Favoured Pension Savings of the Self‐Employed: Evidence from Sweden

  • Håkan Selin

In recent years, the study of how individuals respond to policies that aim at promoting pension savings has emerged as a vital area of economic research. This paper adds to this literature by estimating the tax price elasticity of contributions to tax-favoured pension savings accounts on a population of self-employed individuals. I exploit a unique total data base over the Swedish population that covers the years 1999 to 2005. When using instrumental variables I obtain a tax price elasticity estimate of -0.53 and a virtual income elasticity estimate of 0.11, whereas OLS produces estimates that conflict with consumer theory.

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Volume (Year): 114 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 79-100

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