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The Marginal Cost of Funds and the Shadow Prices of Public Sector Inputs and Outputs

  • Liqun Liu

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    Existing studies on the marginal cost of funds (MCF) do not incorporate the public sector inputs explicitly. Incorporating labor and capital as public sector inputs raises questions concerning the definition and the usage of the MCF, and its relation to public sector shadow prices. This paper finds that the MCF should be defined based on the excess revenue rather than the gross revenue; that general equilibrium effects on individuals' net income and government's inframarginal expenditures should be incorporated; and that the MCF measures an element in the shadow price that is solely attributable to the marginal financing, justifying the role of the MCF in cost-benefit analysis and tax reform. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

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    Volume (Year): 11 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 17-29

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