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Título : Una estimación del coste marginal en bienestar del sistema impositivo en España
Autor : Sancho, Ferrán
Palabras clave : Marginal welfare cost
Deadweight loss
Computable general equilibrium models
Tax reform
Fecha de publicación : 21-oct-2003
Serie : UFAE and IAE Working Papers
592.03
Resumen: Actual tax systems do not follow the normative recommendations of yhe theory of optimal taxation. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, the informational difficulties of knowing or estimating all relevant elasticities and parameters. Secondly, the political complexities that would arise if a new tax implementation would depart too much from current systems that are perceived as somewhat egalitarians. Hence an ex-novo overhaul of the tax system might just be non-viable. In contrast, a small marginal tax reform could be politically more palatable to accept and economically more simple to implement. The goal of this paper is to evaluate, as a step previous to any tax reform, the marginal welfare cost of the current tax system in Spain. We do this by using a computational general equilibrium model calibrated to a point-in-time micro database. The simulations results show that the Spanish tax system gives rise to a considerable marginal excess burden. Its order of magnitude is of about 0.50 money units for each additional money unit collected through taxes.
URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10261/1827
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