Tax Buoyancy in OECD Countries

WPIEA2014110 Image
Price:  $18.00

Author/Editor: Vincent Belinga, Dora Benedek, Ruud A. de Mooij, John Norregaard
Release Date: © June, 2014
ISBN : 978-1-49830-507-5
Stock #: WPIEA2014110
Stock Status: On back-order

Languages and formats available



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.

More publications in this series: Working Papers

More publications by: Vincent Belinga ; Dora Benedek ; Ruud A. de Mooij ; John Norregaard