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Lifetime Incidence and the Distributional Burden of Excise Taxes

James M. Poterba

NBER Working Paper No. 2833 (Also Reprint No. r1226)
Issued in 1989
NBER Program(s):   PE

This implies that low-income households in one year have some chance of being higher-income households in other years, and significantly affects the estimated distributional burden of excise taxes. This paper shows that household expenditures on gasoline, alcohol, and tobacco as a share of total consumption (a proxy for lifetime income) are much more equally distributed than expenditures as a share of annual income. From a longer-horizon perspective, excise taxes on these goods are therefore much less regressive than standard analyses suggest.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w2833

Published: The American Economic Review, Vol. 79, No. 2, pp. 325-330, (May 1989). citation courtesy of

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