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Disinflation and Taxation: The Case of Israel

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  • Razin, Assaf
  • Sadka, Efraim

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Israel's experience indicates that high inflation places an asymmetrically heavy burden on workers, relative to employers and the self-employed. The mechanisms by which this unequally distributed burden is created are through the tax system and exchange-rate policy which altered the relative prices of low labour-intensive tradable goods versus high labour-intensive non-tradable goods. We have shown that the interaction between inflation and taxation resulted in a low tax burden on the business sector and relatively high burden on wage earners. (This "inflation tax" on wage earners does not stem from the traditional depreciation of money balances or the so-called Tanzi effect.) Indeed, the stabilization programme tilted the functional distribution of income in favour of labour. Copyright @ 1996 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Razin, Assaf & Sadka, Efraim, 1996. "Disinflation and Taxation: The Case of Israel," International Journal of Finance & Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 1(1), pages 37-46, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijf:ijfiec:v:1:y:1996:i:1:p:37-46
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    1. Carlos Humberto Cardona & Adriana Pontón & Eduardo Sarmiento, 1998. "Evidencia sobre las Desinflaciones: Experiencia Internacional," Borradores de Economia 102, Banco de la Republica de Colombia.

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