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Comparing the effects of discretionary tax changes between the US and the UK

Syed M. HussainORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3898-2823 / Lin Liu
Published Online: 2017-09-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejm-2016-0041


The remarkable similarities of the effects of discretionary tax changes between the US and the UK, shown in (Cloyne, J. 2013. “Discretionary Tax Changes and the Macroeconomy: New Narrative Evidence from the United Kingdom. American Economic Review 103: 1507–1528.), raise the obvious concern whether the effects of tax changes at disaggregated levels in the UK still resemble those in the US. This paper investigates the issue along three dimensions – corporate and personal income tax changes, anticipated and unanticipated tax changes, and positive and negative tax changes. An important contribution of this paper is to construct a data set on exogenous changes of corporate and personal income taxes in the UK, identified from narrative sources along the lines of Cloyne (2013).

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Keywords: discretionary tax changes; narrative accounts; UK; US

JEL Classification: E23; E62; H2; H3


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Published Online: 2017-09-25

Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, Volume 18, Issue 1, 20160041, ISSN (Online) 1935-1690, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejm-2016-0041.

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