Telecommunications Tax Design: The Role of A Preexisting Labor Tax Distortion
The paper assesses the effects of a preexisting labor tax on the relative efficiency of a capital tax and a sales tax on the telecommunications sector. Public finance theory predicts that the efficiency costs of a sales tax increase when there is a preexisting labor tax, but the theory is ambiguous as to the effect of the preexisting labor tax on the efficiency costs of a capital tax. Using a numerical general equilibrium model I show that the efficiency costs of both taxes are of the same orders of magnitude in a first-best setting. But when there is a preexisting labor tax, the capital tax is more efficient.
Volume (Year): 55 (2002)
Issue (Month): N. 1 (March)
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