Are Taxes Converging in Europe? Trends and Some Insights into the Effect of Economic Crisis
Francisco J. Delgado*
Department of Economics, University of Oviedo, Spain
- *Corresponding Author:
- Francisco J. Delgado
Department of Economics
University of Oviedo, Spain
E-mail: [email protected]
Received March 27, 2013; Accepted July 23, 2013; Published July 26, 2013
Citation: Delgado FJ (2013) Are Taxes Converging in Europe? Trends and Some Insights into the Effect of Economic Crisis. J Glob Econ 1:102. doi: 10.4172/2375-4389.1000102
Copyright: © 2013 Delgado FJ. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
In this note we empirically revise the task of tax convergence in the European Union, paying attention to the possible effects derived from the deep economic crisis. For this purpose, beta and sigma convergence are estimated for the period 1965-2010 from OECD data with the main subdivisions generally used in the tax area. The results reported suggest the existence of overall convergence of the tax structure and the tax burden in the period 1965- 2010, but with clear nonlinearities, as the major advances took place up until the end of the 1980s.