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Optimal commodity grouping in a partial equilibrium framework

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  • Pascal Belan

    () (LEN - Laboratoire d'Economie de Nantes - UN - Université de Nantes, EUREQUA - Equipe Universitaire de Recherche en Economie Quantitative - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Stéphane Gauthier

    () (CREM - Centre de recherche en économie et management - UNICAEN - Université de Caen Normandie - NU - Normandie Université - UR1 - Université de Rennes 1 - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CREST-INSEE - Centre de Recherche en Economie et en Statistique - Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques (INSEE))

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This note characterizes, in a partial equilibrium economy with a single agent, which commodities should be taxed whenever there is only one available tax rate. We show that commodities with low price elasticities should be imposed; luxuries are eventually exempted.

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  • Pascal Belan & Stéphane Gauthier, 2004. "Optimal commodity grouping in a partial equilibrium framework," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00106895, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00106895
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2003.09.026
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    1. Gordon, James P. F., 1989. "Tax reform via commodity grouping," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 67-81, June.
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    1. Belan, Pascal & Gauthier, Stéphane & Laroque, Guy, 2008. "Optimal grouping of commodities for indirect taxation," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 92(7), pages 1738-1750, July.

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