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Western METRics: Marginal Effective Tax Rates in the Western Provinces


  • Alexandre Laurin

    (C.D. Howe Institute)

  • Finn Poschmann

    (C.D. Howe Institute)


What impact do the tax systems of Canada’s Western provinces have on families’take-home pay and seniors’ pension income, and how does it compare to other provinces? This report answers the question by looking at marginal effective tax rates (METRs) on personal income, which measure the impact of federal and provincial income taxes combined with reductions and clawbacks of income-tested tax credits and benefits.

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  • Alexandre Laurin & Finn Poschmann, 2011. "Western METRics: Marginal Effective Tax Rates in the Western Provinces," e-briefs 121, C.D. Howe Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:ebrief:121

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    1. David C. Allan & Philippe Bergevin, 2010. "The Canadian ABS Market: Where Do We Go From Here?," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 315, November.
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    Fiscal and Tax Competitiveness; marginal effective tax rates (METRs); Canada; Canadian western provinces;

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    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
    • E64 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Incomes Policy; Price Policy

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