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The Marginal Excess Burden of Different Capital Tax Instruments

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  • Fullerton, Don
  • Henderson, Yolanda Kodrzycki

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Others have measured the addition to deadweight loss from an increase in an effective capital income tax rate, but there is no single way to raise such a rate. In the authors' general equilibrium model with multiple distortions in the allocation of real resources, they find that an increase in the statutory corporate income tax rate has the highest marginal excess burden, because it distorts intersectoral and interasset decisions as well as intertemporal decisions. An investment tax credit reduction has negative marginal excess burden because it raises revenue while reducing interasset distortions more than it increases intertemporal distortions. Copyright 1989 by MIT Press.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics & Statistics.

Volume (Year): 71 (1989)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 435-42

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  1. David L. Weimer, 2002. "A better corporate tax?," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 21(4), pages 693-696.
  2. Ruud Mooij, 2005. "Will Corporate Income Taxation Survive?," De Economist, Springer, vol. 153(3), pages 277-301, 09.
  3. Robert S. Chirinko, 2000. "Investment Tax Credits," CESifo Working Paper Series 243, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Giuseppe Ruggieri, 1999. "The marginal cost of public funds in closed and small open economies," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 20(1), pages 41-60, March.

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