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Progressive Taxation, Public Capital, and Endogenous Growth

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  • Alfred Greiner

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This paper presents and analyzes an endogenous growth model with public capital and progressive taxation. Two versions are considered: The first version assumes that the budget of the government is balanced at each point of time. The second allows for public debt but asserts that the ratio of the primary surplus to gross domestic income is a positive linear function of the debt/income ratio, which guarantees that public debt is sustainable. The paper then derives necessary conditions for the existence of a sustainable balanced growth path for the analytical model. Further, simulations are undertaken in order to gain insight into growth effects of varying the slope of the tax schedule and in order to find how the tax scheme affects the dynamics of the model.

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  • Alfred Greiner, 2006. "Progressive Taxation, Public Capital, and Endogenous Growth," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 62(3), pages 353-366, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200609)62:3_353:ptpcae_2.0.tx_2-p
    DOI: 10.1628/001522106X153419
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    1. Juin-Jen Chang & Jang-Ting Guo & Jhy-Yuan Shieh & Wei-Neng Wang, 2015. "Sectoral Composition Of Government Spending And Macroeconomic (In)Stability," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 53(1), pages 23-33, January.
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    3. Jang-Ting Guo & Juin-Jen Chang & Jhy-Yuan Shieh & Wei-Neng Wang, 2017. "Sectoral Composition of Government Spending, Distortionary Income Taxation, and Macroeconomic (In)stabilit," Working Papers 201702, University of California at Riverside, Department of Economics.
    4. Shu-Hua Chen & Jang-Ting Guo, 2016. "Progressive Taxation, Endogenous Growth, And Macroeconomic (In)Stability," Bulletin of Economic Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 68(S1), pages 20-27, December.
    5. Chen, Shu-Hua & Guo, Jang-Ting, 2014. "Progressive taxation and macroeconomic (in)stability with utility-generating government spending," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 174-183.
    6. Jang-Ting Guo & Shu-Hua Chen, 2015. "Progressive Taxation as an Automatic Destabilizer under Endogenous Growth," Working Papers 201510, University of California at Riverside, Department of Economics.
    7. Lai, Ching-Chong & Liao, Chih-Hsing, 2012. "Optimal nonlinear income taxation with productive government expenditure," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 66-77.

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    Keywords

    fiscal policy; progressive taxation; public capital; endogenous growth;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • H60 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - General

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