The efficiency of a lottery as a source of public revenue

William M. Rodgers, Charles Stuart

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The authors use a stochastic general-equilibrium model to study the efficiency of introducing and taxing lotteries. They calculate the efficiency gains from introducing an untaxed lottery, the efficiency gains from introducing a taxed lottery of the type observed in a typical state, and the efficiency costs of raising marginal public revenue using a tax on lotteries. Under plausible assumptions, the introduction of untaxed and taxed lotteries raises welfare, but taxes on lotteries are less efficient sources of marginal public revenue than are taxes on labor income.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-254
Number of pages13
JournalPublic Finance Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1995
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Administration


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