Taxing women: A macroeconomic analysis

Nezih Guner, Remzi Kaygusuz, Gustavo Ventura

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Based on well-known evidence on labor supply elasticities, several authors have
concluded that women should be taxed at lower rates than men. We evaluate the
quantitative implications and merits of this proposition. Relative to the current system of taxation, setting a proportional tax rate on married females equal to 4% (8%) increases output and married female labor force participation by about 3.9% (3.4%) and 6.9% (4.0%), respectively. Gender-based taxes improve welfare and are preferred by a majority of households. Nevertheless, welfare gains are higher when the U.S. tax system is replaced by a proportional, gender-neutral income tax.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-128
JournalJournal of Monetary Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Taxation
  • Two-earner households
  • Labor force participation


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