Tax Rates Around the World
Here are the marginal tax rates as estimated by Ed Prescott for the 1990s:
United Kingdom .44
United States .40
These figures include both income taxes and consumption taxes, such as the VAT. Both types of tax distort the consumption-leisure tradeoff (and the tradeoff between market work and home work).
If a person earns a dollar in the marketplace, she gets to consume 60 cents of goods and services in the United States, but only 41 cents in Germany and France, and 36 cents in Italy. These are large differences in incentives to work.