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Dynamic Tax Reforms

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  • Nicolas Werquin

    (Yale University)

  • Aleh Tsyvinski

    (Yale University)

  • Mikhail Golosov

    (Princeton University)

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    This paper derives novel formulas for the welfare gains of any tax reform around initial (optimal or suboptimal) dynamic tax systems. We use a perturbation-based method to express these formulas in terms of easily interpretable and empirically estimable parameters: elasticities of income and savings with respect to the tax rates, and the shape of the income and savings distributions. This generates new theoretical insights about dynamic optimal taxes, as well as policy implications regarding directions of tax reforms of the current US tax code.

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    Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2013 Meeting Papers with number 879.

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    Date of creation: 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:red:sed013:879

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    1. Findeisen, Sebastian & Sachs, Dominik, 2014. "Efficient Labor and Capital Income Taxation over the Life Cycle," Working Papers 14-17, University of Mannheim, Department of Economics.

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