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Union Wage Setting and Capital Income Taxation in Dynamic General Equilibrium


  • Thomas Aronsson
  • Karl-Gustaf Löfgren
  • Tomas Sjögren


This paper concerns the effects of capital income taxation in a dynamic general equilibrium framework with union wage setting, when households face taxes related to both labor and capital. One purpose is to characterize the general equilibrium solution. Another is to study the effects of increased capital income taxation - in terms of the responses in real wages, employment, capital stock, output and consumption - and relate these behavioral responses to the overall tax structure. We also derive a cost-benefit rule for the purpose of analyzing the welfare effects of a small shift from labor income taxation to capital income taxation. Copyright Verein fü Socialpolitik and Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2001.

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  • Thomas Aronsson & Karl-Gustaf Löfgren & Tomas Sjögren, 2001. "Union Wage Setting and Capital Income Taxation in Dynamic General Equilibrium," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 2(2), pages 141-175, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:germec:v:2:y:2001:i:2:p:141-175

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    1. Ludger Linnemann, 2004. "Tax Base and Crowding-in Effects of Balanced Budget Fiscal Policy," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 106(2), pages 273-297, June.
    2. Dalin, Torbjörn & Stage, Jesper, 2011. "The effects of capital income taxation on wage formation," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 113(2), pages 186-188.
    3. Sjögren, Tomas, 2017. "Can a Marginally Distorted Labor Market Improve Capital Accumulation, Output and Welfare?," Umeå Economic Studies 946, Umeå University, Department of Economics.

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