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Redistribution and Occupational Choice in a Schumpeterian Growth Model

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  • Jean-François Wen
  • Cecilia García-Peñalosa

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We consider an R&D-driven endogenous growth model in which innovation is risky and agents are risk averse. Growth is determined by the occupational choice of agents who can either work in production for a wage or become entrepreneurs. In this context, we examine the impact of redistributive taxation and compute socially optimal tax rates. Redistribution acts as social insurance, thus encouraging innovation and accelerating growth. The general equilibrium effects of the reallocation of labour induced by taxation can offset the direct distributive impact of taxes and result in a Pareto improvement. Optimal tax rates are a hump-shaped function of the intertemporal spillover effect.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1323.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Keywords: growth; innovation; optimal taxation; occupational choice;

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  1. Cecilia García-Peñalosa & Jean-François Wen, 2008. "Redistribution and entrepreneurship with Schumpeterian growth," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 57-80, March.
  2. Christiane Clemens & Maik Heinemann, 2006. "On the Effects of Redistribution on Growth and Entrepreneurial Risk-taking," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 88(2), pages 131-158, 08.
  3. Vesna Stavrevska, 2011. "The efficiency wages perspective to wage rigidity in the open economy: a survey," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 32(3), pages 273-299, July.

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