Principles of Microeconomics

7th Edition
N. Gregory Mankiw
ISBN: 9781305156050



Principles of Microeconomics

7th Edition
N. Gregory Mankiw
ISBN: 9781305156050
Textbook Problem

After economics class one day, your friend suggests that taxing food would be a good way to raise revenue because the demand for food is quite inelastic. In what sense is taxing food a "good" way to raise revenue? In what sense is it not a "good" way to raise revenue?

To determine
The pros and cons of taxing food to raise tax revenue.


The tax is the unilateral payment from the people to the government. Tax is the main source of income of the government which can be used for carrying on the public expenditure of the government. The main types of taxes include the income tax, wealth tax and the professional tax. When there is a tax, it will lead to fall in the consumer surplus as well as in the producer surplus. As a result, the total surplus which is the summation of the consumer surplus and the producer surplus will fall and this fall will occur in the total surplus due to taxation which is known as the deadweight loss due to tax.

Food is an important item and it is very essential for the survival of the individuals. Thus, the demand for food will be more inelastic. The people will buy food even though the price increases. Taxing on the commodity which has very inelastic demand curve will lead to a large increase in the tax revenue collected by the government and will create only minimal deadweight loss in the economy...

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