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The Laffer Curve in an Incomplete-Market Economy

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  • Fève, P.
  • Matheron, J.
  • Sahuc,J-G.

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This paper investigates the characteristics of the Laffer curve in a neoclassical growth model of the US economy with incomplete markets and heterogeneous agents. The shape of the Laffer curve changes depending on which of transfers or government debt are varied to balance the government budget constraint. While the Laffer curve has the traditional shape when transfers vary, it looks like a horizontal S when debt varies. In this case, fiscal revenues can be associated with up to three different levels of taxation. This finding occurs because the tax rates change non-monotonically with public debt when markets are incomplete.

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Paper provided by Banque de France in its series Working papers with number 438.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:bfr:banfra:438

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Keywords: Laffer Curve; Incomplete Markets; Labor Supply; Precautionary Savings; Public Debt.;

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  1. Hans A. Holter & Dirk Krueger & Serhiy Stepanchuk, 2014. "How Does Tax Progressivity and Household Heterogeneity Affect Laffer Curves?," PIER Working Paper Archive 14-015, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.

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