Tax Policy and Employment: How Does the Swedish System Fare

Working Papers 267 Jukka Pirttilä, Selin Håkan

This paper reviews the literature on optimal taxation of labour income and the empirical work on labour supply and the elasticity of taxable income in Sweden. It also presents an overview of Swedish taxation of labour income, offers calculations on the development in effective marginal tax rates and participation tax rates, and estimates, using the difference-indifferences method, the impact of tax incentives on employment rates of elderly workers. After this background, we ponder possibilities for reforming the Swedish tax system to improve its labour market impacts. We suggest better targeting the earned income tax credit at families and low-income workers, lowering the top marginal tax rates, and maintaining the tax incentives for older workers.

Published: 1.2.2011
JEL: H21, H24, J22
ISBN: 978-952-209-091-1
ISSN: 1795-1801
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