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A note on incomplete factor taxation

  • Armenter, Roc

Optimal capital taxes may be positive in the steady state in Ramsey models with an incomplete set of factor taxes. I show this possibility crucially depends on how fiscal policy is constrained at date t = 0. If the government is barred from manipulating the value of initial assets, the Chamley-Judd result reappears: the optimal capital tax is always zero in the steady state.

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Volume (Year): 92 (2008)
Issue (Month): 10-11 (October)
Pages: 2275-2281

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Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:92:y:2008:i:10-11:p:2275-2281
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