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Inflation Taxation and Welfare with Externalities and Leisure

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  • WAI-MING HO
  • JINLI ZENG
  • JIE ZHANG

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This paper examines how inflation taxation affects resource allocation and welfare in a neoclassical growth model with leisure, a production externality and money in the utility function. Switching from consumption taxation to inflation taxation to finance government spending reduces real money balances relative to income, but increases consumption, labor, capital, and output. The net welfare effect of this switch depends crucially on the strength of the externality and on the elasticity of intertemporal substitution. While it is always negative without the externality, it is likely to be positive with a strong externality and elastic intertemporal substitution. Copyright 2007 The Ohio State University.

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  • Wai-Ming Ho & Jinli Zeng & Jie Zhang, 2007. "Inflation Taxation and Welfare with Externalities and Leisure," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 39(1), pages 105-131, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:39:y:2007:i:1:p:105-131
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