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Estimating the Elasticity of Taxable Income: Evidence from Top Japanese Taxpayers

Miyazaki, Takeshi and Ishida, Ryo (2016): Estimating the Elasticity of Taxable Income: Evidence from Top Japanese Taxpayers.

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Abstract

This study measures the elasticity of taxable income (ETI) using data on top Japanese taxpayers between 1986 and 1989. During these years, Japan decreased the income tax rates of the top-to-bottom income earners and number of income brackets drastically. We construct a panel dataset of top taxpayers in Japan in this period, using Japanese tax return data and estimate the ETI. We find that the ETI with regard to the net-of-tax rate is approximately 0.074–0.055, considerably lower than those for the United States and most European countries but nearly equal to that for Denmark.

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