Assessing the Dynamic Efficiency Gains of Tax Reform When Human Capital Is Endogenous
This paper develops a life-cycle growth model with endogenous human capital accumulation and variable leisure, which is employed to simulate dynamic equal-yield changes from an income tax to a consumption tax. Although endogenizing human capital investment decisions raises partial-equilibrium estimates of the efficiency costs of capital income taxation, general-equilibrium welfare impacts of unanticipated tax changes are little affected by the inclusion of endogenous human capital. This finding cannot be fully explained by the presence of general-equilibrium adjustments in factor prices and can be attributed in part to the existence of transitional rigidities in capital stocks. Copyright 1995 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.
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Volume (Year): 36 (1995)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
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