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Second-Best Optimal Taxation of Capital and Labor in a Developing Economy

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This paper examines how the tax burden in a developing economy should be distributed between capital income and labor income. We study a two-sector model, where the traditional sector is "informal" and consequently cannot be taxed by the government. In this set up, we find that the optimal (second-best) tax structure in order to raise a certain amount of revenue requires to tax capital income at least as much as labor income, and possibly more.

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Paper provided by Institut d'economie publique (IDEP), Marseille, France in its series IDEP Working Papers with number 0307.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: May 2003
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Handle: RePEc:iep:wpidep:0307

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Keywords: endogenous growth; optimal taxation; informal sector; developing economies.;

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