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Analyzing the Impact of Indirect Tax Reforms on Rank Dependant Social Welfare Functions: A Positional Dominance Approach

  • Paul Makdissi


    (GREDI, Département d'économique, Université de Sherbrooke)

  • Stéphane Mussard


    (GREDI, Université de Sherbrooke and Université de Perpignan)

A new approach is developed to identify thorough marginal tax reforms for pairs of commodities and to test for the robustness of their impacts on Yaari's dual social welfare functions. S-concentration curves are provided for every order of positional dominance and an illustration is performed using Canadian data.

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Paper provided by Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 06-02.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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