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Time Use and Food Taxation in Spain

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  • Javier Ferri
  • María Luisa Moltó
  • Ezequiel Uriel

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We evaluate the welfare impact of changing the VAT on food in a context in which households can produce home meals for own consumption that compete with meals served in restaurants. Home production of meals requires the combination of food and time inputs. The fiscal treatment in home production of both the inputs and the final product differs from market production of meals, generating different channels of inefficiency. We calibrate a simple general-equilibrium model for the Spanish economy that identifies three types of consumers according to their income, and simulate the effects of some experiments related to how food is taxed. The results suggest that if we focus only on aggregate welfare, the model fails to capture important distributional issues. We also present some caveats to previous simulation results on aggregate welfare that are related to the importance of the elasticity of substitution between food and time in the household production of meals.

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  • Javier Ferri & María Luisa Moltó & Ezequiel Uriel, 2009. "Time Use and Food Taxation in Spain," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 65(3), pages 313-334, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200909)65:3_313:tuafti_2.0.tx_2-u
    DOI: 10.1628/001522108X477796
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    Keywords

    household production; optimal taxation; incidence;

    JEL classification:

    • C68 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computable General Equilibrium Models
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation

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