Tax Buoyancy in OECD Countries

 
Author/Editor: Vincent Belinga ; Dora Benedek ; Ruud A. de Mooij ; John Norregaard
 
Publication Date: June 19, 2014
 
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Summary: By how much will faster economic growth boost government revenue? This paper estimates short- and long-run tax buoyancy in OECD countries between 1965 and 2012. We find that, for aggregate tax revenues, short-run tax buoyancy does not significantly differ from one in the majority of countries; yet, it has increased since the late 1980s so that tax systems have generally become better automatic stabilizers. Long-run buoyancy exceeds one in about half of the OECD countries, implying that GDP growth has helped improve structural fiscal deficit ratios. Corporate taxes are by far the most buoyant, while excises and property taxes are the least buoyant. For personal income taxes and social contributions, short- and long-run buoyancies have declined since the late 1980s and have, on average, become lower than one.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 14/110
Subject(s): Tax revenue | OECD | Personal income taxes | Corporate taxes | Property taxes | Tax systems | Automatic stabilizers | Economic growth | Econometric models | Regression analysis

 
English
Publication Date: June 19, 2014
ISBN/ISSN: 9781498305075/1018-5941 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2014110 Pages: 18
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