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Fiscal Policy and Human Capital Accumulation in a Home Production Economy

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  • Einarsson Tor

    () (University of Iceland)

  • Marquis Milton Harrison

    () (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco & Florida St Univ)

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The decision to invest in human capital is introduced into a home production economy with fiscal policy distortions where balanced growth is achieved through Harrod-neutral, labor-augmenting technology spillovers into home production. In comparison with home production economies that abstract from human capital accumulation, the welfare losses from distortionary taxes are quite large due to their adverse effect on growth. However, the transition costs associated with a move to a less distortionary tax system are proportionately much lower. This owes to the fact that growth enhances the adjustment process such that less radical and more empirically plausible swings in employment, investment, and output are required to reach the new balanced growth path.

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  • Einarsson Tor & Marquis Milton Harrison, 2001. "Fiscal Policy and Human Capital Accumulation in a Home Production Economy," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 1(1), pages 1-33, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejmac:v:contributions.1:y:2001:i:1:n:2
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    1. Hu, Yunfang & Mino, Kazuo, 2004. "Fiscal Policy, Home Production and Growth Dynamics," MPRA Paper 17017, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Silver, Steven D. & Verbrugge, Randal, 2010. "Home production and endogenous economic growth," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 75(2), pages 297-312, August.
    3. Manuel Gomez, 2003. "Effects of Flat-Rate Taxes: to What Extent Does the Leisure Specification Matter?," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 6(2), pages 404-430, April.
    4. Dario Cziraky & Max Gillman, 2004. "Inflation and Endogenous Growth in Underground Economies," wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Papers 50, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.

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