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Dynamic Tax Incidence in a Finite Horizon Model


  • Itaya, Jun-Ichi


This paper reexamines the problem of long-run tax incidence by using a two-sector growth model in which finitely-lived individuals undertake intertemporal optimizing decisions in the presence of annuity markets. Under a constant relative risk aversion utility function, none of the selective taxes imposed on the consumption goods sector are neutral with respect to the long-run wage/profit ratio even if labor supply is fixed. This result differs significantly both from that of the infinite horizon model and of Summers' life cycle, overlapping generations model. Neutrality emerges if and only if the birth rate is equal to zero. The larger is the birth rate, the weaker is the intertemporal substitution effect. Without annuity markets, neutrality arises again if and only if the birth rate equals the death rate.
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  • Itaya, Jun-Ichi, 1995. "Dynamic Tax Incidence in a Finite Horizon Model," Public Finance = Finances publiques, , vol. 50(2), pages 246-266.
  • Handle: RePEc:pfi:pubfin:v:50:y:1995:i:2:p:246-66

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    1. Yuli Radev, 2013. "Distribution of Tax Burden in the Gas Sector in Europe," Economic Studies journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 2, pages 109-130.
    2. Frank Asche & Petter Osmundsen & Ragnar Tveterås, 2001. "Energy Taxes and Natural Gas Demand in EU-Countries," CESifo Working Paper Series 516, CESifo Group Munich.

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