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Taxes in Latin America: Do Wealth and Inequality Matter?

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  • Barbara Castelletti

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To meet pressing development challenges, Latin American states need fiscal resources. The good news is that in the last decade, favourable macroeconomic conditions and the design of better tax systems pushed up fiscal revenues in Latin America. Notably, tax revenues have increased by close to 1.8 per cent annually between 1990 and 2006, reflecting a widespread strengthening of taxes levied on income, profits and capital gains and general goods and services.

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  • Barbara Castelletti, 2008. "Taxes in Latin America: Do Wealth and Inequality Matter?," OECD Development Centre Policy Insights 79, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:devaac:79-en
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    1. Gustavo Canavire-Bacarreza & Jorge Martínez-Vázquez & Violeta Vulovic, 2013. "Taxation and Economic Growth in Latin America," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 4583, Inter-American Development Bank.
    2. Larissa Batrancea & Ana Maria Roux Valentini Coelho Cesar & Ramona-Anca Nichita, 2014. "Unearthing The Purports Of Trust In Authorities And Power Of Authorities In The Latin American Tax Climate," Annals - Economy Series, Constantin Brancusi University, Faculty of Economics, vol. 3, pages 119-126, June.
    3. Jorge Martinez-Vazquez & VIoleta Vulovic, 2011. "Tax Structure in Latin America: Its Impact on the Real Economy and Compliance," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1122, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.

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