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Optimal tax on capital inflows discriminated by debt-risk profile

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  • Julian Parra-Polania

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  • Carmiña Vargas

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In this study, the optimal value of a tax on capital inflows is estimated so that private agents internalize the social costs of their borrowing decisions in an economy with financial constraints. A key feature of our model is that we provide a theoretical foundation to tax level differentiation by asset volatility. Using Colombian data for the 1996–2011 period (which includes the crisis of 1998–1999), we find the tax would be around 1.2 %. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

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  • Julian Parra-Polania & Carmiña Vargas, 2015. "Optimal tax on capital inflows discriminated by debt-risk profile," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 22(1), pages 102-119, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:22:y:2015:i:1:p:102-119
    DOI: 10.1007/s10797-013-9300-1
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    Keywords

    Optimal tax; Capital flows; Externalities; Financial constraint; H23; D62; F34;
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    JEL classification:

    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems

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