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Sweden'S Laffer Curve: Taxation And The Unobserved Economy

  • Edgar L. Feige

    (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • Robert T. McGee

    (Florida State University)

Recent research on the unobserved economy suggests that the phenomenon has important implications for both macroeconomic policy and public finance. Attention is focused on the public finance implications by developing a simple macro model from which it is possible to derive a Laffer curve. The model reveals that the shape and position of the Laffer curve depend upon the strength of supply side effects, the progressivity of the tax system and the size of the unobserved economy. Using alternative parameterizations of each of these effects, it is possible to obtain rough empirical estimates of the Laffer curve for Sweden.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Macroeconomics with number 0501023.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 19 Jan 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0501023
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  1. Michael J. Boskin, 1978. "Taxation, Saving, and the Rate of Interest," NBER Chapters, in: Research in Taxation, pages 3-27 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Boskin, Michael J, 1978. "Taxation, Saving, and the Rate of Interest," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 86(2), pages S3-27, April.
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