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Tax Policy for Economic Recovery and Growth

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  • Christopher Heady

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  • Åsa Johansson
  • Jens Arnold
  • Bert Brys
  • Laura Vartia

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This paper identifies tax policy that both speeds recovery from the current economic crisis and contributes to long-run growth. This is a challenge because short-term recovery requires increases in demand while long-term growth requires increases in supply. As short-term tax concessions can be hard to reverse, this implies that policies to alleviate the crisis could compromise long-run growth. The analysis makes use of recent evidence on the impact of tax structure on economic growth to identify which growth-enhancing tax changes can also aid recovery, taking account of the need to protect those on low incomes.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 0925.

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Date of creation: Dec 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:0925

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Keywords: Taxation; Tax Design; Tax Policy; Economic growth; Economic recovery;

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