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A Steeper slope: the Laffer Tax Curve in Developing and Emerging Economies

Zouhair Ait Benhamou ()

No 2018-44, EconomiX Working Papers from University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX

Abstract: In comparing the tax burden between developed and developing economies, we argue that the Laffer curve is sensitive to two factors, namely the size of underground economic activities and tax collection costs. The baseline model exhibits counter-intuitive results for developing and emerging economies. Insofar as we find that they are able to extract higher tax rates and revenues in comparison with developed countries. The differences are due to the values computed for structural parameters and steady-state variables. However, when the share of underground activities is taken into account, the Laffer curve is pushed downward, while tax collection costs shift the peak rate to the left.

Keywords: Laffer curve; Taxes; Tax burden; Underground economy; tax collection cost; calibration; estimation; GMM; SMM (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H21 H26 H30 E32 E37 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-iue, nep-mac, nep-pbe and nep-pub
Date: 2018
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