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Optimal taxation in the Uzawa–Lucas model with externality in human capital

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  • Arantza Gorostiaga
  • Jana Hromcová
  • Miguel-Ángel López-García

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In this paper we study the optimal policy in the Uzawa–Lucas model with externality in human capital when agents value both consumption and leisure. We find that the government pursuing the first best can achieve its goal by a subsidy which depends on foregone earnings while studying and which is financed through a lump sum tax. Anyway, the optimal policy, that should be designed to provide incentives for agents to devote more time to schooling and cut both on leisure and working, is not unique. There exists an infinite number of combinations of consumption, capital income, labor income and lump sum taxes that can decentralize the first best. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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  • Arantza Gorostiaga & Jana Hromcová & Miguel-Ángel López-García, 2013. "Optimal taxation in the Uzawa–Lucas model with externality in human capital," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 108(2), pages 111-129, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jeczfn:v:108:y:2013:i:2:p:111-129
    DOI: 10.1007/s00712-012-0285-5
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    Keywords

    Optimal policy; Two-sector model; Endogenous growth; Indeterminacy; O41; E62; H31;
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    JEL classification:

    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household

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