Tax Incidence in a Vertical Supply Chain: Evidence from Cigarette Wholesale Prices
National Tax Journal 71(3): 427-450
36 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2017 Last revised: 14 Jan 2019
Date Written: April 10, 2018
I investigate how the burden of consumption taxes not borne by consumers is shared between upstream firms that produce a taxed good and downstream firms that sell the goods. Using novel data on monthly brand-level cigarette wholesale prices and retail prices from Nielsen homescan data, I find that downstream firms that sell cigarettes bear no more than one-third of the firm share of the tax burden.
Keywords: Tax Incidence, Consumption Taxes, Supply Chain
JEL Classification: H22, H32, H71, L11, K34, L66, D12
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