# How does demand curve for labor change when there is a proportional payroll tax on employer

In the textbook "Borjas, G.J. Labor economics." (Boston, Mass.; London: Irwin/McGraw-Hill, 2009) fifth edition [ISBN 9780070172708]. Below is a screenshot of the example of payroll tax of 1 dollar on the employer. And the labor demand curve shifts down by 1. What happens if the tax is not 1 dollar but, say, 10% of wage? I know that the labor demand curve will shift downward. But does it also rotates in a way that it has a steeper slope? ## 1 Answer

Your guess that somewhat is happening with the slope was a good one. The slope will indeed change. If you want to draw that new Demand line ($$D_1$$) it has to start at the exact same point of the old demand line (if wages are zero the percantage tax will be zero too). The correct intersection with the Y-Axis would be: $$(1-t) W_0$$ (this simply means one minus the tax rate ($$t$$) times the old intersection point ($$W_0$$). I also made a little graph: 