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Productivity-enhancing public investment and benefit taxation: the case of factor-augmenting public inputs

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  • James P. Feehan
  • Mutsumi Matsumoto

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Government expenditure on public inputs such as human capital formation and public infrastructure can significantly affect productivity. An interesting and highly relevant policy question is whether such expenditure should be financed according to the benefit-taxation principle. Focusing on factor-augmenting public inputs, in this paper we derive the specification of the appropriate set of benefit taxes. Rather than fall on industries according to the degree to which the public input increases their productivities, these taxes must take the form of differential taxes on factor incomes.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 33 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 114-121

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:33:y:2000:i:1:p:114-121

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  1. Anwar, Sajid, 2008. "Labour supply, foreign investment and welfare in the presence of public infrastructure," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 25(5), pages 959-967, September.
  2. Diego Martínez López & A. Jesús Sánchez Fuentes, . "Optimal Provision Of Public Inputs In A Second Best Scenario (*)," Working Papers 17-05 Classification-JEL , Instituto de Estudios Fiscales.
  3. Thomas Aronsson & Erkki Koskela, 2009. "Outsourcing, Public Input Provision and Policy Cooperation," CESifo Working Paper Series 2886, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Anwar, Sajid, 2006. "Provision of public infrastructure, foreign investment and welfare in the presence of specialisation-based external economies," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 23(1), pages 142-156, January.
  5. Aronsson, Thomas & Koskela, Erkki, 2009. "Outsourcing, Public Input Provision and Policy Cooperation," IZA Discussion Papers 4662, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. A. Jesus Sanchez Fuentes & Diego Martinez Lopez, 2008. "Optimization in non-standard problems. An application to the provision of public inputs," Working Papers 08.07, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics.
  7. repec:ebl:ecbull:v:8:y:2004:i:3:p:1-9 is not listed on IDEAS
  8. Diego Martinez-Lopez, 2004. "The optimal provision of public inputs in a second best scenario," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 8(3), pages 1-9.

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