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Lifetime Incidence And The Distributional Burden Of Excise Taxes

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  • POTERBA, J.M.

This implies that low-income households in one year have some chance of being higher-income households in other years, and significantly affects the estimated distributional burden of excise taxes. This paper shows that household expenditures on gasoline, alcohol, and tobacco as a share of total consumption (a proxy for lifetime income) are much more equally distributed than expenditures as a share of annual income. From a longer-horizon perspective, excise taxes on these goods are therefore much less regressive than standard analyses suggest.

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Paper provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 510.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: 1989
Handle: RePEc:mit:worpap:510
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  1. Driffill, E John & Rosen, Harvey S, 1983. "Taxation and Excess Burden: A Life Cycle Perspective," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 24(3), pages 671-683, October.
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