Tax Analysis in an Oligopoly Model
NBER Working Paper No. 1088 (Also Reprint No. r0622)
In this paper we analyze taxation using the conjectural variations model of oligopoly. We demonstrate the way in which the incidence of a tax depends upon the pattern of firm interaction. The results obtained have important implications for the controversy surrounding the question of whether a tax oncorporate income can be over-shifted. We also study normative aspects of taxation. The focus here is on the errors that can arise in excess burden calculations when incorrect assumptions on market structure are made.
Published: Katz, Michael L. and Harvey S. Rosen. "Tax Analysis in an Oligopoly Model." Public Finance Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 1, (January 1985), pp. 3-19.