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Value-added Tax versus Social Security Contributions / Mehrwertsteuer oder Sozialversicherungsabgaben


  • Goerke Laszlo

    () (Universität Konstanz, Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften und Statistik, Fach D 138, D-78457 Konstanz)


In order to alleviate unemployment it is often recommended to reduce social security contributions (SSC) and to compensate for the ensuing loss in revenues by a rise in the value-added tax (VAT). Assuming unemployment to be caused by efficiency wages, it is shown that a balanced-budget shift from a payroll tax to a VAT will increase employment if the rise in the VAT does not alter consumer prices. If the effects of a shift from SSC to the VAT on the worker’s effort are neutralised, for example, by imposing a constant wedge, the employment impact will depend on the nature of the unemployment compensation system.

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  • Goerke Laszlo, 1999. "Value-added Tax versus Social Security Contributions / Mehrwertsteuer oder Sozialversicherungsabgaben," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 219(3-4), pages 308-325, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:219:y:1999:i:3-4:p:308-325

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    1. Goerke, Laszlo, 2000. "The Wedge," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 68(5), pages 608-623, September.


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