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Taxation optimale de la consommation et biens informels

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  • Jean-François Gautier

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[fre] L'objet de cet article est de savoir dans quelle mesure il peut être souhaitable de taxer le secteur informel. Un modèle théorique de taxation optimale permet d'abord de fournir une réponse analytique à cette question. Une version empirique du modèle permet ensuite d'estimer les taux de taxation optimaux à Madagascar. On montre ainsi que la taxation optimale des biens informels est toujours très inférieure à celle des biens formels. Néanmoins, pour des degrés de progressivité « raisonnables », i.e. lorsque le critère d'efficacité est prédominant dans le calcul du système fiscal, le taux de taxation optimal moyen du secteur informel est nettement plus important que le taux effectif actuel. Toutefois, la solution optimale peut être de subventionner le secteur informel pour des degrés élevés de progressivité. [eng] Optimal commodity taxation and black market. . The question of this paper is whether it is worth taxing the black market. A theoretical optimal tax model provides a first analytical discussion. An empirical version allows us to estimate an optimal tax system for Madagascar. For reasonable inequality aversion parameters, the taxation's rate of the informal goods is always quite beside the formal goods' one. Nevertheless, efficiency criteria lead to tax informal goods above the actual rates. In opposition, informal goods could be optimally subsidised for higher inequality aversion parameters.

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  • Jean-François Gautier, 2002. "Taxation optimale de la consommation et biens informels," Revue Économique, Programme National Persée, vol. 53(3), pages 599-610.
  • Handle: RePEc:prs:reveco:reco_0035-2764_2002_num_53_3_410430
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    1. Ahmadou Aly Mbaye & Nancy Benjamin & Stephen Golub & Jean-Jacques Ekomie, 2014. "The Urban Informal Sector in Francophone Africa: Large Versus Small Enterprises in Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal," Working Papers 201405, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
    2. Janet Ceglowski & Stephen Golub & Aly Mbaye & Varun Prasad, 2015. "Can Africa Compete with China in Manufacturing? The Role of Relative Unit Labor Costs," Working Papers 201504, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.

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