Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/231492
Authors: 
Neisser, Carina
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
ECONtribute Discussion Paper No. 067
Abstract: 
The elasticity of taxable income (ETI) is a key parameter in tax policy analysis. To examine the large variation found in the literature of taxable and broad income elasticities, I conduct a comprehensive meta-regression analysis using information from 61 studies containing 1,720 estimates. My findings reveal that estimated elasticities are not immutable parameters. They are correlated with contextual factors and the choice of the empirical specification influences the estimated elasticities. Finally, selective reporting bias is prevalent, and the direction of bias depends on whether deductions are included in the tax base.
Subjects: 
elasticity of taxable income
income tax
behavioural response
meta-regression analysis
JEL: 
C81
H24
H26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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