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Modelling the redistributive impact of indirect taxes in Europe: an application of EUROMOD

  • O'Donoghue, Cathal
  • Baldini, Massimo
  • Mantovani, Daniela

This paper describes a model to simulate expenditure and indirect taxes in 12 EU countries within the EUROMOD tax-benefit model. The paper outlines the types of indirect taxes in the countries examined. Validation checks are made on the effectiveness of the expenditure models used. The redistributive effect of indirect taxes is decomposed into the tax resulting from different commodity groups. Lastly the progressivity and redistributive effect of indirect taxes are examined and compared with income taxes, social insurance contributions (employee and employer) and the main social benefit groupings with all EU countries.

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Paper provided by EUROMOD at the Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series EUROMOD Working Papers with number EM7/01.

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Date of creation: 01 Jun 2004
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Publication status: published
Handle: RePEc:ese:emodwp:em7-01
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