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An Equilibrium Analysis of Fiscal Policy with Uncertainty and Incomplete Markets

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  • Easley, David
  • Kiefer, Nicholas M
  • Possen, Uri M

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Insurance aspects of tax policies are studied in a simple intertemporal general equilibrium model in which agents are uncertain about both the future wage rates and the rate of return on capital. Taxation and lump-sum subsidy policies generally reduce employment, output, and the capital stock but, nonetheless, they can be structured to provide Pareto improvements on the incomplete market equilibrium. These policies provide insurance against individual shocks, not aggregate shocks. Examples of welfare maximizing tax schemes are provided using a simple computable general equilibrium model. Copyright 1993 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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  • Easley, David & Kiefer, Nicholas M & Possen, Uri M, 1993. "An Equilibrium Analysis of Fiscal Policy with Uncertainty and Incomplete Markets," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 34(4), pages 935-952, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:34:y:1993:i:4:p:935-52
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    1. Kartik B. Athreya & Andrea L. Waddle, 2007. "Implications of some alternatives to capital income taxation," Economic Quarterly, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue Win, pages 31-55.
    2. Sunghyun Henry Kim & Jinill Kim, 2003. "Welfare Effects of Tax Policy in Open Economies: Stabilization and Cooperation," Computing in Economics and Finance 2003 259, Society for Computational Economics.
    3. Elmendorf, Douglas W & Kimball, Miles S, 2000. "Taxation of Labor Income and the Demand for Risky Assets," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 41(3), pages 801-833, August.
    4. Celentani, Marco & Conde-Ruiz, J. Ignacio, 1996. "The political economy of international private insurance and fiscal policy," UC3M Working papers. Economics 6164, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía.

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