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dos Santos, Cláudio Hamilton
Ribeiro, Márcio Bruno
Gobetti, Sérgio Wulff
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Texto para Discussão, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA) 1350
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This article discusses the dynamics of both the size and the composition of the Brazilian aggregate tax burden (BATB) in the 1995-2007 period and presents several (linear and non-linear) econometric specifications for this last variable. Our main conclusion - based both on the analysis of the dynamics of the composition of the BATB and on several of the econometric exercises presented - is that the decade-long increase of the BATB can be divided in two regimes, i.e. i) a first regime in the 1998-2003 (crisis) period in which the increase in the BATB was achieved through higher taxation of state-owned enterprises and the creation of new taxes and/or increases in existing taxes; and ii) a second regime in the 2004-2007 period in which the increase in the BATB seems to be related to an increase in firms` profits and in the degree of formalization of the overall economy (and of the labor market in particular) associated with a new (and still not quite well understood) period of economic growth.
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