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The Social Benefits and Economic Costs of Taxation

A Comparison of High- and Low-tax Countries

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | December 2006

By Neil Brooks and Thaddeus Hwong
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


From the Summary:

Tax cuts are disastrous for the well-being of a nation’s citizens.

Findings from this study show that high-tax countries have been more successful in achieving their social objectives than low-tax countries. Interestingly, they have done so with no economic penalty.

On the majority of social measures we examine, high-tax countries rank significantly above low-tax countries. On a number of the economic indicators we examine, low-tax countries rank above high-tax countries, but the difference is almost never significant.

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