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Optimal grouping of commodities for indirect taxation

  • Pascal Belan


    (LEN - Laboratoire d'Economie de Nantes - UN - Université de Nantes)

  • Stéphane Gauthier


    (ENSAE - École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Économique - ENSAE ParisTech, CREST-INSEE - Centre de Recherche en Economie et en Statistique - Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques (INSEE))

  • Guy Laroque


    (CREST-INSEE - Centre de Recherche en Economie et en Statistique - Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques (INSEE), Department of Economics - University College of London [London])

Indirect taxes contribute to a sizeable part of government revenues around the world. Typically there are few different tax rates, and the goods are partitioned into classes associated with each rate. The present paper studies how to group the goods in these few classes. We take as given the number of tax rates and study the optimal aggregation (or classification) of commodities of the fiscal authority in a second best setup. The results are illustrated on data from the United Kingdom.

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Date of creation: Jul 2008
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, 2008, 92 (7), pp.1738-1750. <10.1016/j.jpubeco.2008.01.010>
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00731151
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2008.01.010
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