Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/76451
Authors: 
Sturm, Jan-Egbert
Volkerink, Bjørn
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 963
Abstract: 
The purpose of this paper is threefold. First, we survey the way in which the tax burden on labour has been proxied for in recent multi-country macro-economic studies. Second, we critically evaluate these proxies. Finally, we examine to what extent the conclusions of some studies change if some alternative indicator for the tax burden on labour is employed. We conclude that the widely used tax ratios as developed by Mendoza et al. (1994) may not be very reliable. The choice of the indicator for the tax burden on labour is also shown to affect the conclusions of some well-known empirical models.
Subjects: 
tax ratios
labour
average effective tax rates
unemployment
JEL: 
H20
H29
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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