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Taxation of Petroleum Products; Theory and Empirical Evidence

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  • Poonam Gupta
  • Walter Mahler

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The domestic taxation of petroleum products is an important source of revenue in most countries. However, there is a wide variation of tax rates on petroleum products across countries, which cannot be explained by economic theory alone. This paper surveys different considerations advanced for taxing petroleum and presents petroleum tax rate data in 120 countries. It concludes that a significant reduction in the present extremely wide variation in petroleum prices and tax rates appears warranted.

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  • Poonam Gupta & Walter Mahler, 1994. "Taxation of Petroleum Products; Theory and Empirical Evidence," IMF Working Papers 94/32, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:94/32
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    1. Shahabuddin M Hossain, 2003. "Taxation and Pricing of Petroleum Products in Developing Countries; A Framework for Analysis with Application to Nigeria," IMF Working Papers 03/42, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Alberto Gago & Xavier Labandeira & Xiral López Otero, 2014. "A Panorama on Energy Taxes and Green Tax Reforms," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 208(1), pages 145-190, March.
    3. Gupta, Sanjeev & Mahler, Walter, 1995. "Taxation of petroleum products : Theory and empirical evidence," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(2), pages 101-116, April.
    4. Wohlgemuth, Norbert, 1997. "World transport energy demand modelling : Methodology and elasticities," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 25(14-15), pages 1109-1119, December.

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