Taxing women: A macro-economic analysis

Taxing women: A macro-economic analysis

Gustavo Ventura, Remzi Kaygusuz, Nezih Guner
Résumé :

Based on well-known evidence on labor supply elasticities, several authors have concluded that women should be taxed at lower rates thanmen.We evaluate the quantitative implications and merits of this proposition. Relative to the current system of taxation, setting a proportional tax rateon married female  equal to4% (8%) increases
output and married female labor force participation by about 3.9% (3.4%) and 6.9% (4.0%), respectively.

Gender-based taxes improve welfare and a repreferred by a majority of households.Nevertheless ,welfare gains are higher when th system is replaced by a proportional, gender-neutral income tax.


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