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Relative Efficiency of AD Valorem and Unit Taxes: The Case of Endogenous Quality


  • Liqun Liu


This article studies the relative efficiency of unit and ad valorem taxes in a competitive market in which the quality of product is endogenous. The author finds that the relative efficiency of these two taxes depends on exactly how individuals value the quality of a product. Specifically, the unit tax welfare dominates the ad valorem tax in the “casket†case and the “full-price†case, whereas the ad valorem tax welfare dominates the unit tax in the “lightbulb†case.

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  • Liqun Liu, 2003. "Relative Efficiency of AD Valorem and Unit Taxes: The Case of Endogenous Quality," Public Finance Review, , vol. 31(3), pages 291-301, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:pubfin:v:31:y:2003:i:3:p:291-301

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    1. Laszlo Goerke & Frederik Herzberg & Thorsten Upmann, 2014. "Failure of ad valorem and specific tax equivalence under uncertainty," International Journal of Economic Theory, The International Society for Economic Theory, vol. 10(4), pages 387-402, December.
    2. Liu, Liqun, 2011. "The Alchian-Allen theorem and the law of relative demand: The case of multiple quality-differentiable brands," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 61(1), pages 52-57, January.
    3. repec:hit:hitjec:v:58:y:2017:i:2:p:107-119 is not listed on IDEAS

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