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Laffer Curves and Home Production

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  • Kotamäki Mauri

    () (Finnish Pension Alliance, Helsinki, Finland)

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In the earlier related literature, consumption tax rate Laffer curve is found to be strictly increasing (see Trabandt and Uhlig (2011)). In this paper, a general equilibrium macro model is augmented by introducing a substitute for private consumption in the form of home production. The introduction of home production brings about an additional margin of adjustment – an increase in consumption tax rate not only decreases labor supply and reduces the consumption tax base but also allows a substitution of market goods with home-produced goods. The main objective of this paper is to show that, after the introduction of home production, the consumption tax Laffer curve exhibits an inverse U-shape. Also the income tax Laffer curves are significantly altered. The result shown in this paper casts doubt on some of the earlier results in the literature.

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  • Kotamäki Mauri, 2017. "Laffer Curves and Home Production," Nordic Tax Journal, De Gruyter Open, vol. 1(1), pages 59-69, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:vrs:notajo:v:1:y:2017:i:1:p:59-69:n:4
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    Taxation; Laffer curve; Consumption; Home-production;

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