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Estimating the sensitivity of state tax revenue to cyclical and wealth effects


  • William Seyfried


  • Louis Pantuosco



In this study, we estimate the elasticities of alternative sources of state tax revenue relative to the economy, as measured by GSP, and to wealth, as measured by the S&P500. Next, efficient tax frontiers are estimated for each state by minimizing the standard deviation, given the current average growth rate of revenues. It is shown how states could attain the same expected growth rate of tax revenues with less volatility by modifying the composition of their existing tax structures. In most cases, corporate income taxes are found to reduce efficiency due to their high volatility without a correspondingly high growth rate. Copyright Academy of Economics and Finance 2003

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  • William Seyfried & Louis Pantuosco, 2003. "Estimating the sensitivity of state tax revenue to cyclical and wealth effects," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 27(1), pages 114-124, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jecfin:v:27:y:2003:i:1:p:114-124
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02751594

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    1. Guido Wolswijk, 2009. "The short- and long-run tax revenue response to changes in tax bases," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(3), pages 1960-1970.
    2. Ali Culha, 2012. "Turkiye’de Vergi Gelirlerinin Iktisadi Dongulere Duyarliligi," CBT Research Notes in Economics 1234, Research and Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey.

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