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

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  • Cecilia Garcia-Penalosa
  • Stephen Turnovsky

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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 University of Washington, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number UWEC-2004-05-P.

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Date of creation: Apr 2004
Date of revision: Apr 2004
Publication status: Published in Journal of Public Economics, Volume 89,205,1045-1074
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