Reference : Evidence on the Insurance Effect of Marginal Income Taxes
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Business & economic sciences : Economic systems & public economics
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/12213
Evidence on the Insurance Effect of Marginal Income Taxes
English
Grant, Charles []
Koulovatianos, Christos mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Center for Research in Economic Analysis (CREA) >]
Michaelides, Alexander []
Padula, Mario []
2008
CEPR
6710
[en] Consumption Insurance; Tax Distortions; Undiversifiable Earnings Risk
[en] Marginal income taxes may have an insurance effect by decreasing the effective fluctuations of after-tax individual income. By compressing the idiosyncratic component of personal income fluctuations, higher marginal taxes should be negatively correlated with the dispersion of consumption across households, a necessary implication of an insurance effect of taxation. Our study empirically examines this negative correlation, exploiting the ample variation of state taxes across US states. We show that taxes are negatively correlated with the consumption dispersion of the within-state distribution of non-durable consumption and that this correlation is robust.
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/12213
http://www.cepr.org/pubs/dps/DP6710.asp

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