Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

No 2006:10: Employment effects of a payroll-tax cut - evidence from a regional tax exemption experiment

Ossi Korkeamäki () and Roope Uusitalo ()
Additional contact information
Ossi Korkeamäki: Government Institute for Economic Research, Postal: Helsinki, Finland
Roope Uusitalo: Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation, Postal: Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Abstract: In this paper we evaluate the effects of a regional experiment that reduced payroll-taxes by 3–6 percentage points for three years in Northern Finland. We match each firm in the target region with a similar firm in the control region and estimate the effect of the payroll-tax reduction by comparing employment and wage changes within the matched pairs before and after the start of the experiment. According to our results the reduction in the payroll-taxes led to somewhat faster wage growth in the target region. The increase in wages offset roughly half of the impact of the payroll tax cut on the labour costs. The remaining labour cost reduction had no significant effects on employment.

Keywords: Payroll-tax; Labour demand; Tax incidence; Propensity score matching

JEL-codes: J18; J23; J38; J58; J65; J68

29 pages, October 10, 2006

Full text files

wp06-10.pdf PDF-file 

Download statistics

Questions (including download problems) about the papers in this series should be directed to Ali Ghooloo ()
Report other problems with accessing this service to Sune Karlsson ().

This page generated on 2018-03-18 13:49:14.