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Optimal Taxation and Public Expenditure in a Model of Endogenous Growth

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  • Doménech Rafael

    () (Universidad de Valencia)

  • García Jose Ramón

    () (Universitat de Valencia)

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This paper analyses the optimal choice of fiscal policy in a model where public spending enters the production and utility functions and can be financed using flat rate taxes on consumption and on capital and labor incomes. Within this framework we generalize some previous results in the literature. Our results show that the optimal tax structure involves positive values of all the tax rates, which depend on structural parameters and how the returns to public capital are appropriated by private factors. We also conclude that the correct allocation of public spending is more important for welfare than the choice of the tax structure.

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  • Doménech Rafael & García Jose Ramón, 2002. "Optimal Taxation and Public Expenditure in a Model of Endogenous Growth," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 2(1), pages 1-26, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejmac:v:topics.2:y:2002:i:1:n:3
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    1. Bond, Eric W. & Wang, Ping & Yip, Chong K., 1996. "A General Two-Sector Model of Endogenous Growth with Human and Physical Capital: Balanced Growth and Transitional Dynamics," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 68(1), pages 149-173, January.
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    1. António Afonso & Juan Alegre, 2011. "Economic growth and budgetary components: a panel assessment for the EU," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 41(3), pages 703-723, December.
    2. Miguel Viegas & Ana Ribeiro, 2014. "The Economic Adjustment Program for Portugal: assessing welfare impact in a heterogeneous-agent framework," Portuguese Economic Journal, Springer;Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao, vol. 13(1), pages 53-70, April.
    3. Dissou, Yazid & Didic, Selma & Yakautsava, Tatsiana, 2016. "Government spending on education, human capital accumulation, and growth," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 9-21.
    4. Yazid Dissou & Selma Didic, 2012. "Government spending on education, human capital accumulation, taxes and growth: a multisector dynamic general equilibrium analysis," EcoMod2012 4540, EcoMod.

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