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Limited Horizons: The 2008 Report on Federal and Provincial Budgetary Tax Policies


  • Duanjie Chen

    (George Weston Analyst in Tax Policy, C.D. Howe Institute)

  • Jack M. Mintz

    (University of Calgary)


Canadian governments are undercutting progress in reducing corporate income and capital taxes with counter-productive policies that impose unequal tax burdens across assets and industries. The study highlights priorities for improving the tax system by reducing taxes on capital investment and labour.

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  • Duanjie Chen & Jack M. Mintz, 2008. "Limited Horizons: The 2008 Report on Federal and Provincial Budgetary Tax Policies," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 270, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:commen:270

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    1. Duanjie Chen & Jack M. Mintz, 2009. "The Path to Prosperity: Internationally Competitive Rates and a Level Playing Field," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 295, September.

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    tax competitiveness; fiscal policy; corporate and capital taxes;

    JEL classification:

    • H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation


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