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On the Regressivity of Gambling Taxes in Switzerland

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In this study, the author assesses whether the gambling tax in Switzerland is regressive using a large, representative sample of the population and the reported gambling expenditures of the Swiss Health Survey 2007 (SHS 07). To analyze the tax incidence, the Suits index was constructed. This result is supported by a regression analysis, which highlights the income elasticity of gambling expenditures The two measures provide converging results and demonstrate the regressive pattern of the gambling tax in Switzerland As such, this taxation structure contributes to increased income inequality in Switzerland.

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Kohler, D. On the Regressivity of Gambling Taxes in Switzerland. Swiss J Economics Statistics 152, 193–208 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03399426

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JEL-Classification

  • H22
  • D63
  • I14
  • I18

Keyword

  • Gambling taxes
  • inequity
  • regressivity
  • incidence