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The Marginal Cost of Public Funds and the Laffer Curve: Evidence from the Canadian Provinces

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  • Bev Dahlby
  • Ergete Ferede

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We estimate tax base elasticities for Canadian provinces to compute the Marginal Cost of Public Funds (MCF) for the three major taxes and assess the revenue implications of tax rate changes. We find that generally the corporate income tax has the highest and the sales tax has the lowest MCF. We also find that four provinces were on the negatively sloped sections of their total revenue Laffer curves with respect to their corporate income tax rate in 2013. The policy implication of this is that there would have been significant welfare gains from reductions in provincial corporate income tax rates.

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  • Bev Dahlby & Ergete Ferede, 2018. "The Marginal Cost of Public Funds and the Laffer Curve: Evidence from the Canadian Provinces," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 74(2), pages 173-199, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(201806)72:2_173:tmcopf_2.0.tx_2-y
    DOI: 10.1628/fa-2018-0005
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    1. Runkel, Marco & Kellner, Maximilian, 2018. "Climate Policy and Optimal Public Debt," VfS Annual Conference 2018 (Freiburg, Breisgau): Digital Economy 181639, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    2. Bev Dahlby & Braeden Larson, 2019. "Should Alberta Adopt a Land Transfer Tax?," SPP Research Papers, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, vol. 12(5), February.
    3. Bev Dahlby & Ergete Ferede, 2019. "Simulating The Growth Effects Of The Corporate Income Tax Rate Cuts In Alberta," SPP Communique, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, vol. 12(30), September.
    4. Schaufele, Brandon, 2019. "Demand Shocks Change the Excess Burden From Carbon Taxes," MPRA Paper 92132, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    tax base elasticity; marginal cost of public funds; Laffer curve;
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    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue

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