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Pro-Poor Tax reforms, with an Application to Mexico

  • Jean-Yves Duclos


    (Département d’économique and CIRPÉE, Université Laval, Canada)

  • Paul Makdissi


    (Department of Economics, University of Ottawa)

  • Abdelkrim Araar


    (Département d’économique and CIRPÉE, Université Laval, Canada)

This paper proposes a new methodology to test for whether indirect tax reforms are pro-poor. The methodology extends stochastic dominance techniques and enables identifying tax reforms that will necessarily be deemed absolutely or relatively pro-poor by a wide spectrum of poverty analysts. The statistical properties of the various estimators are also derived in order to make the method implementable using survey data. The methodology is used to assess the pro-poorness of possible reforms to Mexico’s indirect tax system. This leads to the identification of several possible pro-poor tax reforms in that country.

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Paper provided by University of Ottawa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0907E.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ott:wpaper:0907e
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