Optimal Commodity Taxation and Consumer Welfare
by Prof. Azzeddine Azzam
12:30 - 14:00, OCP Group, Casablanca, Morocco
The author will present his study about optimal tax rates and associated welfare impact on consumers by income quintile in the United Arab Emirates. Household data is used within a Linear Expenditure System that considers joint allocation of leisure and seven broad commodity groups. Non-uniform tax rates are compared to uniform rates with and without exempting food. Consumers are less worse off with uniform taxes and food is tax-exempt.
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Azzeddine Azzam is professor of agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. Azzeddine has broad research and teaching interests including industrial organization, microeconomics, agricultural and natural resource economics, and mathematical and quantitative methods. He has publihsed on a broad range of topical issues such as the impact of captive supplies on fed cattle prices, asymmetry and rigidity in farm to retail price transmission, market transparency and market structure, the impact of anti-corporate farming laws on the cattle feeding industry in Nebraska, market power and cost-efficiency in the US and the Swedish meat processing industries and in the GCC banking industry, welfare analysis food price cap policy in the United Arab Emirates, and agricultural productivity and drought in Morocco.
Azzam taught applied microeconomics as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University and empirical industrial organization as a Fulbright Scholar at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He served as senior economic advisor at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and as chair of the economics department at the University of Dubai, where he also taught undergraduate microeconomics and MBA managerial economics.
He is a lifetime research fellow of the Economic Research Forum, a member of Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society of International Scholars; and the recipient of the University of Nebraska 2008 Excellence in Graduate Education Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education.
He is founder and past director of CAFIO: Center of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization, founder and editor of JAFIO: Journal of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization, and founder and managing editor of RURALS: Review of Undergraduate Research in Agricultural and Life Sciences. He served as associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness: An International Journal, and Middle East Development Journal. He has numerous publications in internationally refereed journals.
Azzeddine is a Moroccan-born U.S citizen, married to Sara Melin, a Swedish-born U.S citizen. Azzeddine and Sara have four children.