Incentives and Redistribution in the Welfare State: The Swedish Tax Reform

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Reviews lessons from the Swedish tax reform of 1991, the most far- reaching tax reform in any Western industrialized country in the post- war period. Discusses a range of behavioral responses, including tax planning, savings, labor supply, and investment, and attempts to identify where tax structures matter most. Presents an assessment of the overall effects on efficiency and equity, and draws lessons for tax reform more generally. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333712016
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 247

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
1 Introduction 1
1.1 What TR91 implied 4
1.2 A natural experiment? 6
1.3 Behavioural responses 8
1.4 Income distribution 17
1.5 Efficiency - a double dividend 19
2 Tax Planning 24
2.1 Differential taxation of individuals 25
2.2 Differential taxation of companies 26
2.3 Differential taxation of income 28
2.4 The effects of tax planning 33
2.5 The tax reform 34
3 Savings and Consumption 39
3.1 Savings incentives before and after TR91 41
3.2 The aggregate consumption response 45
3.3 The portfolio response 52
3.4 Consumption patterns 56
3.5 Housing demand 61
4 The Corporate Response 72
4.1 The effective tax burden, 1965-92 75
4.2 The incentive effects of corporate taxation 79
4.3 The role of personal taxation 83
4.4 Locking-in effects 91
4.5 TR91 and corporate financing 94
4.6 TR91 and corporate investments 97
5 The Supply of Labour 106
5.1 The dimensions of labour supply 107
5.2 Tax incentives 108
5.3 What determines the supply of hours worked? 116
5.4 The anticipated effects of TR91 on hours worked 121
5.5 Taxes and household work 123
5.6 Education incentives 125
5.7 The opinions of households 128
5.8 An interpretation of trends since 1991 130
6 Stabilization and Tax Revenue 140
6.1 TR91 and the crisis of the 1990s: an old-fashioned analysis 142
6.2 TR91 and the fiscal deficit 150
7 Income Distribution 162
7.1 Which incomes? 163
7.2 The tax system and income distribution 169
7.3 The redistribution of annual income before and after TR91 176
7.4 Family composition 179
7.5 Capital income 180
7.6 Capital gains and losses 184
8 Efficiency 190
8.1 Tax wedges and economic efficiency: a very simple introduction 191
8.2 The 'price tag' on the old tax system 195
8.3 TR91 and the marginal excess burden 199
8.4 TR91 and capital allocation 204
8.5 International aspects 206
8.6 Simplicity and tax avoidance 209
8.7 Is there a growth bonus? 210
Notes and References 217
Bibliography 229
Index 239
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