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Irreversible Capital Accumulation and Nonlinear Tax Policy: A Note

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  • Luis H. R. Alvarez
  • Erkki Koskela

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We analyze the influence of tax progression on optimal investment policy and its value. We show that three possible optimal regimes arise, depending on thenature of the tax policy. If the exogenously given progression threshold lies between the optimal capital stocks in the case of higher and lower marginal profit taxes, then the optimal investment policy is independent of profit tax rates. But outside this corner solution, the optimal investment policy is conventional.

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  • Luis H. R. Alvarez & Erkki Koskela, 2007. "Irreversible Capital Accumulation and Nonlinear Tax Policy: A Note," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 63(1), pages 46-53, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200703)63:1_46:icaant_2.0.tx_2-3
    DOI: 10.1628/001522107X186719
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    Keywords

    optimal investment; nonlinear tax policy;

    JEL classification:

    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • H32 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Firm
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity

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