Slope Versus Elasticity and the Burden of Taxation

Journal of Economic Education, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 229-232, Summer 1996

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Philip E. Graves

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

Robert L. Sexton

Pepperdine University - Economics Department

Dwight Lee

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business - Department of Economics

Date Written: Summer 1996

Abstract

The burden of taxation is usually discussed in terms of elasticity of demand and supply. We show here that, at least for many students, merely using the slopes of demand and supply to yield the same conclusions will be more intuitively satisfying.

Keywords: Slope, elasticity, burden of taxation

JEL Classification: A22, A23

Suggested Citation

Graves, Philip E. and Sexton, Robert L. and Lee, Dwight, Slope Versus Elasticity and the Burden of Taxation (Summer 1996). Journal of Economic Education, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 229-232, Summer 1996. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1529106

Philip E. Graves (Contact Author)

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics ( email )

Campus Box 256
Boulder, CO 80309-0256
United States

Robert L. Sexton

Pepperdine University - Economics Department ( email )

24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
United States

Dwight Lee

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

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