Tax Smoothing in a Financially Repessed Economy: Evidence from India
AbstractIndia has a long history of running fiscal deficits. Two broad considerations motivate a government to run a deficit: tax smoothing and tax tilting. This paper tests a version of Barro's tax smoothing model, using Indian data for the period 1951-52 to 1966-97. The empirical results indicate that the central government of India has tax-smoothed, while the regional governments of India have not. The paper also finds evidence of tax tilting, reflected in fiancial repression, which has led to the accumulation of excessive public liabilities.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 656.
Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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FISCAL POLICY ; TAXES;
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- Paul Cashin & Nilss Olekalns & Ratna Sahay, 1998. "Tax Smoothing in a Financially Repressed Economy - Evidence from India," IMF Working Papers 98/122, International Monetary Fund.
- E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General
- H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
- H62 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Deficit; Surplus
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