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Effects of Taxes on Economic Behavior

  • Martin S. Feldstein

This paper discusses how the effects of taxes on economic behavior are important for revenue estimation, for calculating efficiency effects, and for understanding short-term macroeconomoic consequences. The primary focus is on taxes on labor income but some attention is given to taxes on income from saving. Specific calculations illustrate the importance of behavioral responses for accurate calculation of the revenue effects and deadweight losses of tax changes.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 13745.

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Date of creation: Jan 2008
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Publication status: published as "Effects of Taxes on Economic Behavior," in The National Tax Journal,, Vol. LXI, No. 1, March 2008, pp 131-39. NBER Working Paper 13745, January 2008.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:13745
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  1. Alexander Gelber, 2008. "Taxation and Family Labor Supply," 2008 Meeting Papers 249, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  2. Mikhail Golosov & Aleh Tsyvinski, 2005. "Optimal Taxation with Endogenous Insurance Markets," NBER Working Papers 11185, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Jon Gruber & Emmanuel Saez, 2000. "The Elasticity of Taxable Income: Evidence and Implications," NBER Working Papers 7512, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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