Inflation, Tariffs and Tax Enforcement Costs
This paper derives the dependency of optimal tariff and inflation tax on tax collection and enforcement costs. The analysis is done for a small, open economy. The existence of such costs can justify tariff and inflation tax policies as optimal revenue-raising devices. This paper suggests that greater government demand for revenue will increase the use of inflation and tariffs as revenue devices. The analysis derives elasticity rules that tie optimal tariff and inflation rates to the costs of tax collection.
|Date of creation:||Oct 1985|
|Publication status:||published as Aizenman, Joshua. "Inflation, Tariffs and Tax Enforcement Costs," Journal of International Economic Integration, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 12-28, (Autumn 1987).|
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.|
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