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New CSB Working Paper: The Hypothetical Household Tool (HHoT) in EUROMOD: a new instrument for comparative research on tax-benefit policies in Europe

07 Jan 2019

 
This paper introduces the Hypothetical Household Tool (HHoT),a new extension of EUROMOD, the tax-benefit microsimulation model for the European Union. With HHoT, users can easily create their own hypothetical data, which enablesthem to better understand how policies work for households with specific characteristics. The toolcreates unique possibilities for an enhanced analysis of taxes and social benefits in Europe by integrating results from microsimulations and hypothetical household simulations in a single modellingframework. Furthermore, the flexibility of HHoT facilitates an advanced use of hypothetical household simulations to create new comparative policy indicators in the context of multi-country and longitudinal analyses. In this paper,we highlight the main features of HHoT, its strengths and limitations, and illustrate how it can be used for comparative policy purposes.

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