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Some Benefits of Reducing Inflation in Transition Economies

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  • Monika Blaszkiewicz
  • Jerzy Konieczny
  • Anna Myslinska
  • Przemyslaw Wozniak

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We apply Feldstein's (1997, 1999) analysis of the interactions between the tax system and inflation to two transition economies: Poland and Ukraine. We find that the taxrelated costs of inflation in these countries are significantly smaller than in mature market economies. Our analysis points out that the tax system in these two countries is superior to the tax system in developed market economies, as taxes on investment income are lower. It implies that transition countries should avoid replicating other tax systems and, instead, take advantage of the unique opportunity to design and entrench the features of their tax system which are superior to those in mature economies.

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  • Monika Blaszkiewicz & Jerzy Konieczny & Anna Myslinska & Przemyslaw Wozniak, 2003. "Some Benefits of Reducing Inflation in Transition Economies," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 0251, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
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    Keywords

    price level; inflation; deflation; efficiency; optimal taxation; finance; national income; product; expenditure;

    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy

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