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Aggregate implications of the tax reform of 2017: Can taxes guide technology?


  • Moscoso Boedo, Hernan


This paper analyzes the effects of the US tax reform of 2017 using a model of endogenous technological adoption. The lower tax levels induce large human capital investments that are augmented by the endogenous transition towards skill biased technologies.

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  • Moscoso Boedo, Hernan, 2018. "Aggregate implications of the tax reform of 2017: Can taxes guide technology?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 173(C), pages 6-9.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:173:y:2018:i:c:p:6-9
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2018.09.009

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    More about this item


    Endogenous skill biased technical change; Tax policy;

    JEL classification:

    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production
    • E25 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Aggregate Factor Income Distribution
    • E65 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Studies of Particular Policy Episodes
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes


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