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Eur 3: A Prototype European Tax-Benefit Model


  • Bourguignon, F.
  • O'Donoghue, C.
  • Sastre-Descals, J.
  • Spadaro, A.
  • Utili, F.


A prototype multicoutry static microsimulation model has benn built to simulate tax and social benefits in a number of European countries. This part of a prepatory study funded by the the EC to examine the possibility of builiding a comprehensive EU wide integrated microsimulation model. The countries considered in the first stage of the project are: France, Italy and the United Kingdom. A large effort was made in integrating the data sets and modelling the policy instruments in a comparative structure. This paper describes what characterizes such a model compared with existing national models and outlines some of the issues encountered. A number of policy experiments were carried out, including the introduction of national Basic Incomes, a Europe- wide child support reform, and a reduction in social insurance contributions for the low paid. The results shed light on strong cross-national differences in existing fiscal systems and relative income distributions in the three countries.

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  • Bourguignon, F. & O'Donoghue, C. & Sastre-Descals, J. & Spadaro, A. & Utili, F., 1997. "Eur 3: A Prototype European Tax-Benefit Model," DELTA Working Papers 97-30, DELTA (Ecole normale supérieure).
  • Handle: RePEc:del:abcdef:97-30

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    • H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General


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