Effects of Taxes on Economic Behavior

22 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2008 Last revised: 24 Jul 2010

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Martin S. Feldstein

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) (deceased); Harvard University (deceased)

Date Written: January 2008

Abstract

This paper discusses how the effects of taxes on economic behavior are important for revenue estimation, for calculating efficiency effects, and for understanding short-term macroeconomoic consequences. The primary focus is on taxes on labor income but some attention is given to taxes on income from saving. Specific calculations illustrate the importance of behavioral responses for accurate calculation of the revenue effects and deadweight losses of tax changes.

Suggested Citation

Feldstein, Martin S., Effects of Taxes on Economic Behavior (January 2008). NBER Working Paper No. w13745. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1086996

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