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The Growth Rate Effects of Tax Reform

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  • Pecorino, Paul

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A model of growth through the accumulation of human capital is set out and tax reforms simulated using the U.S. economy in 1985 as a basis for the benchmark parametrization. The growth rate effects of tax reform are found to be on the order of one percentage point of growth per capita. This gain in growth is associated with replacing the existing income tax structure with a consumption tax. Replacing the tax on physical capital with higher taxes on labor is found to be mildly growth reducing. The results are contrasted with those of R. E. Lucas (1990). Copyright 1994 by Royal Economic Society.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Oxford Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 46 (1994)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 492-501

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Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:46:y:1994:i:3:p:492-501

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  1. Pecorino, Paul, 1995. "Tax rates and tax revenues in a model of growth through human capital accumulation," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(3), pages 527-539, December.
  2. Marcelo Bianconi, 1999. "The Effects of Alternative Fiscal Policies on the Intertemporal Government Budget Constraint," Discussion Papers Series, Department of Economics, Tufts University 9906, Department of Economics, Tufts University.
  3. Jie Zhang & James Davies & Jinli Zeng & Stuart McDonald, . "Optimal taxation in a growth model with public consumption and home production," MRG Discussion Paper Series 1707, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
  4. Berthold U. Wigger, 2004. "On the Intergenerational Incidence of Wage and Consumption Taxes," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 6(1), pages 1-23, 02.
  5. James B. Davies & Jie Zhang & Jinli Zeng, 2000. "Optimal Tax Mix in a Two-Sector Growth Model with Transitional Dynamics," UWO Department of Economics Working Papers 200017, University of Western Ontario, Department of Economics.
  6. Mustafa Babiker, . "Taxation And Labor Supply Decision: The Implications of Human Capital Acumulation," API-Working Paper Series 0205, Arab Planning Institute - Kuwait, Information Center.
  7. James Alm & Asmaa El-Ganainy, 2013. "Value-added taxation and consumption," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 20(1), pages 105-128, February.
  8. Fredriksson, Anders, 2007. "Compositional and dynamic Laffer effects in models with constant returns to scale," Research Papers in Economics 2007:2, Stockholm University, Department of Economics, revised 21 Apr 2007.
  9. Gomez, Manuel A., 2000. "Welfare-maximizing tax structure in a model with human capital," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 68(1), pages 95-99, July.
  10. Davies, James B. & Zeng, Jinli & Zhang, Jie, 2000. "Consumption vs. income taxes when private human capital investments are imperfectly observable," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 77(1), pages 1-28, July.
  11. Carlo Perroni, 1997. "Joint Production of Goods and Knowledge: Implications for Tax Reform," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 4(2), pages 149-165, May.
  12. Zeng, Jinli, 2003. "Reexamining the interaction between innovation and capital accumulation," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 25(4), pages 541-560, December.
  13. Tsur, Yacov & Zemel, Amos, 2004. "Knowledge Spillover, Learning Incentives And Economic Growth," Discussion Papers 14991, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Agricultural Economics and Management.
  14. Manuel Gomez, 2003. "Effects of Flat-Rate Taxes: to What Extent Does the Leisure Specification Matter?," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 6(2), pages 404-430, April.

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