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Evaluating the Move to a Linear Tax System in Germany and Other European Countries

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  • Denis Beninger

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  • Olivier Bargain
  • Miriam Beblo
  • Richard Blundell
  • Raquel Carrasco
  • Maria-Concetta Chiuri
  • François Laisney
  • Valérie Lechene
  • Ernesto Longobardi
  • Nicolas Moreau
  • Michal Myck
  • Javier Ruiz-Castillo
  • Frederic Vermeulen

Abstract

This paper proposes a comparison of the results of tax policy analysis obtained on the basis of unitary and collective representations of the household. We first generate labour supplies consistent with the collective rationality, by use of a model calibrated on microdata as described in Vermeulen et al. [Collective Models of Household Labor Supply with Nonconvex Budget Sets and Nonparticipation: A Calibration Approach ( 2006 )]. A unitary model is then estimated on these collective data and unitary and collective responses to a tax reform are compared. We focus on the introduction of linear taxation in Germany. The exercise is replicated for other European countries and other topical reforms. Distortions due to the use of a unitary model turn out to be important in predicting labour supply adjustments, in the design of tax revenue neutral reforms, and in predicting a reform’s welfare implications. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

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  • Denis Beninger & Olivier Bargain & Miriam Beblo & Richard Blundell & Raquel Carrasco & Maria-Concetta Chiuri & François Laisney & Valérie Lechene & Ernesto Longobardi & Nicolas Moreau & Michal Myck & , 2006. "Evaluating the Move to a Linear Tax System in Germany and Other European Countries," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 4(2), pages 159-180, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:4:y:2006:i:2:p:159-180
    DOI: 10.1007/s11150-006-0004-5
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    1. Matus Senaj & Zuzana Siebertova & Norbert Svarda & Jana Valachyova, 2016. "Labour Force Participation Elasticities: the Case of Slovakia," Working Papers Working Paper No. 1/2016, Council for Budget Responsibility.
    2. Norbert Švarda, 2016. "Labour Force Participation Elasticities and Move Away from the Flat Tax: the Case of Slovakia," Discussion Papers 41, Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI).
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    Keywords

    Household labour supply; Intrahousehold allocations; Tax reform; JEL Classification; D11; D12; J22;

    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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