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Taxing Women: A Macroeconomic Analysis

Nezih Guner (), Remzi Kaygusuz () and Gustavo Ventura

No 8735, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Based on well-known evidence on labor supply elasticities, several authors have concluded that women should be taxed at lower rates than men. We evaluate the quantitative implications and merits of this proposition. Relative to the current system of taxation, setting a proportional tax rate on married females equal to 4% (8%) increases output and married female labor force participation by about 3.9% (3.4%) and 6.9% (4.0%), respectively. Gender-based taxes improve welfare and are preferred by a majority of households. Nevertheless, welfare gains are higher when the U.S. tax system is replaced by a proportional, gender-neutral income tax.

Keywords: Labour Force Participation; Taxation; Two-earner Households (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E62 H31 J12 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lab, nep-mac and nep-pbe
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