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Marginal tax rates and tax-favoured pension savings of the self-employed Evidence from Sweden

  • Selin, Håkan

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    (Department of Economics)

In recent years, the study of how individuals respond to policies that aim at promoting pension savings has emerged as a vital area of economic research. This paper adds to this literature by estimating the tax price elasticity of contributions to tax-favoured pension savings accounts on a population of self-employed individuals. I exploit a unique total data base over the Swedish population that covers the years 1999 to 2005. When using instrumental variables I obtain a tax price elasticity estimate of -0.53 and a virtual income elasticity estimate of 0.11, whereas OLS produces estimates that conflict with consumer theory.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2009:6.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 08 May 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2009_006
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