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Inflation effects on capital accumulation in a model with residential and non-residential assets

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  • Koka Katerina

    () (Department of Economics, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines, ON, Canada L2S 3A)

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We study aggregate effects on capital accumulation of changes in the permanent rate of inflation in a model that incorporates both residential and non-residential capital. The framework is a dynamic general equilibrium life-cycle economy populated by heterogeneous individuals with respect to age, income and homeownership status. Inflation raises the non-residential capital income tax burden, affects the user cost of housing capital and raises the opportunity cost of holding money. A numerical analysis is provided based on parameter values from the US economy. We find that housing capital and inflation exhibit a positive correlation while inflation reduces savings in business capital. It is shown that this outcome arises from the interaction of inflation with individual tenure decisions and a number of characteristics and tax provisions available in the housing market.

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  • Koka Katerina, 2014. "Inflation effects on capital accumulation in a model with residential and non-residential assets," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 14(1), pages 1-28, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejmac:v:14:y:2014:i:1:p:28:n:23
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