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Growth Effects of Taxation under Altruism and Low Elasticity of Intertemporal Substitution

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An increase in the tax rate on capital income may raise the rate of economic growth when the elasticity of intertemporal substitution is low and intergenerational transfers are absent. Since the strength of the bequest motive depends on tax rates, this paper provides conditions under which taxing capital income, and then reducing the labor income tax, is more growth enhancing than the classical policy of zero taxes on capital income, and vice versa.

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  • Caballe, Jordi, 1998. "Growth Effects of Taxation under Altruism and Low Elasticity of Intertemporal Substitution," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 108(446), pages 92-104, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:108:y:1998:i:446:p:92-104
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