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Taxation optimale de la consommation et biens informels

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  • Jean-François Gautier

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The question of this paper is whether it is worth taxing the black market. A theoretical optimal tax model provides a first analytical discussion. An empirical version allows us to estimate an optimal tax system for Madagascar. For reasonable inequality aversion parameters, the taxation’s rate of the informal goods is always quite beside the formal goods’one. Nevertheless, efficiency criteria lead to tax informal goods above the actual rates. In opposition, informal goods could be optimally subsidised for higher inequality aversion parameters. Classification JEL : H21, H26

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  • Jean-François Gautier, 2002. "Taxation optimale de la consommation et biens informels," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 53(3), pages 599-610.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_533_0599
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    Cited by:

    1. Ahmadou Aly Mbaye & Nancy Benjamin & Stephen Golub & Jean-Jacques Ekomie, 2014. "The Urban Informal Sector in Francophone Africa: Large Versus Small Enterprises in Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal," Working Papers 201405, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
    2. Janet Ceglowski & Stephen Golub & Aly Mbaye & Varun Prasad, 2015. "Can Africa Compete with China in Manufacturing? The Role of Relative Unit Labor Costs," Working Papers 201504, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.

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    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance

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