NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Three Sides of Harberger Triangles

James R. Hines, Jr.

NBER Working Paper No. 6852
Issued in December 1998
NBER Program(s):   PE

Harberger triangles are used to calculate the efficiency costs of taxes, government regulations, monopolistic practices, and various other market distortions. This paper considers the historical development of Harberger triangles, the associated theoretical controversies, and the contribution of Harberger triangles to subsequent empirical work and theories of market imperfections. Prior to the publication of Arnold Harberger's papers, economists very rarely estimated deadweight losses. The empirical deadweight loss literature expanded greatly since the 1960s now quite common. Meanwhile, critical evaluation of deadweight loss estimates led to new theories of rent-seeking and other inefficiencies of economies with multiple distortions.

download in pdf format
   (135 K)

email paper

This paper is available as PDF (135 K) or via email.

Machine-readable bibliographic record - MARC, RIS, BibTeX

Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w6852

Published: Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 13, no. 2 (Spring 1999): 167-188. citation courtesy of

Users who downloaded this paper also downloaded these:
Harberger Taxation, Resource Allocation, and Welfare
Feldstein w5055 Tax Avoidance and the Deadweight Loss of the Income Tax
Sinn w3225 The Vanishing Harberger Triangle
Ballard, Fullerton, Shoven, and Whalley General Equilibrium Analysis of Tax Policies
Posner w0055 Social Costs of Monopoly and Regulation
 
Publications
Activities
Meetings
NBER Videos
Data
People
About

Support
National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-868-3900; email: info@nber.org

Contact Us