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Housing policy and the progressivity of income taxation

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  • Chambers, Matthew
  • Garriga, Carlos
  • Schlagenhauf, Don E.

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Most countries have tax provisions and subsidies to promote homeownership. These provisions generate an asymmetry in the tax treatment of owner- and rental-occupied housing, which affects the incentives to supply tenant-occupied housing. This paper analyzes the quantitative importance of the interaction of these provisions with the progressivity of income taxation in the context of an overlapping generations model with housing and rental markets. The model replicates the key facts observed in the economy, as well as distributional patterns of ownership, house size, and landlord behavior. The model suggests that the progressivity of income taxation can amplify or mitigate the effects of the asymmetries with important implications for housing tenure, housing consumption, portfolio reallocations, and welfare that differ from those reported in the literature.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Monetary Economics.

Volume (Year): 56 (2009)
Issue (Month): 8 (November)
Pages: 1116-1134

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Handle: RePEc:eee:moneco:v:56:y:2009:i:8:p:1116-1134

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Keywords: Incomplete markets Heterogeneous consumers;

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  1. Gervais, Martin, 2002. "Housing taxation and capital accumulation," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(7), pages 1461-1489, October.
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Cited by:
  1. Carlos Garriga, 2010. "The Role of Construction in the Housing Boom and Bust in Spain," Working Papers 2010-09, FEDEA.
  2. Grochuluski & Borys, 2011. "Optimal contracts for housing services purchases," Economic Quarterly, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue 1Q, pages 67-93.
  3. Sami Alpanda & Sarah Zubairy, 2013. "Housing and Tax Policy," Working Papers 13-33, Bank of Canada.
  4. Carlos Garriga & Matthew Chambers & Don Schlagenhauf, 2012. "Did housing policies cause the postwar boom in homeownership?," Working Papers 2012-021, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
  5. Rodolfo Manuelli & Adrian Peralta-Alva & Carlos Garriga, 2012. "Bubbles or Fundamentals? Understanding Boom and Bust Episodes in the Housing Market," 2012 Meeting Papers 937, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  6. Matteo Iacoviello & Marina Pavan, 2011. "Housing and debt over the life cycle and over the business cycle," International Finance Discussion Papers 1032, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  7. Shaofeng Xu, 2013. "An Equilibrium Analysis of the Rise in House Prices and Mortgage Debt," Working Papers 13-9, Bank of Canada.
  8. Makoto Nakajima, 2010. "Optimal capital income taxation with housing," Working Papers 10-11, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
  9. Cho, Sang-Wook (Stanley) & Francis, Johanna L., 2011. "Tax treatment of owner occupied housing and wealth inequality," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 42-60, March.
  10. Robert F. Martin & Don Schlagenhauf & Carlos Garriga, 2010. "Housing Boom and Bust Cycles," 2010 Meeting Papers 1080, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  11. Sommer, Kamila & Sullivan, Paul & Verbrugge, Randal, 2013. "The equilibrium effect of fundamentals on house prices and rents," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(7), pages 854-870.
  12. Yanbin Chen & Fangxing Li & Zhesheng Qiu, 2013. "Housing and Saving with Finance Imperfection," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 14(1), pages 207-248, May.

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