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Multi-part Tariffs and Differentiated Commodity Taxation

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We study commodity taxation in markets where firms, such as Internet Service Providers, energy suppliers and payment card platforms, adopt multi-part tariffs. We show that ad valorem taxes can correct underprovision and hence increase welfare, provided the government applies differentiated tax rates to the usage and access parts of the tariff. We obtain this result in different settings, including vertically interlinked markets, markets where firms adopt menus of tariffs to screen consumers and where they compete with multi-part tariffs. Our results suggest that exempting these markets from taxation may be inefficient.

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  • Anna D’Annunzio & Mohammed Mardan & Antonio Russo, 2019. "Multi-part Tariffs and Differentiated Commodity Taxation," CSEF Working Papers 540, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
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    Commodity taxation; multi-part tariffs; price discrimination;
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    JEL classification:

    • D42 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Monopoly
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation

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