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Tax Reform of the Century -- the Swedish Experiment

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  • Agell, Jonas
  • Englund, Peter
  • Sodersten, Jan

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Describes the 1991 reform of Sweden's tax system ("the most far-reaching reform in any industrialized country in the postwar period"); examines behavioral responses (impact on consumption, housing, and labor supply). Reviews the lessons from a major evaluation effort, sponsored by the Swedish government and involving a large number of researchers.

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  • Agell, Jonas & Englund, Peter & Sodersten, Jan, 1996. "Tax Reform of the Century -- the Swedish Experiment," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association;National Tax Journal, vol. 49(4), pages 643-664, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:49:y:1996:i:4:p:643-64
    DOI: 10.1086/NTJ41789232
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