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How Do Taxes Affect Human Capital? The Role of Intergenerational Mobility

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  • Lutz Hendricks

    (Department of Economics, Arizona State University)

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This paper investigates how explicitly modeling the intergenerational transmission of human capital modifies the effects of tax policies obtained from standard life-cycle models. The main finding is that the intergenerational persistence of human capital is not an important determinant of the steady state and transitional effects of several commonly studied tax policies. Conventional life-cycle models closely approximate the predictions generated by models with realistic intergenerational mobility properties. However, intergenerational persistence can substantially magnify the effects of policies that distort job-training investment. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Lutz Hendricks, 2001. "How Do Taxes Affect Human Capital? The Role of Intergenerational Mobility," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 4(3), pages 695-735, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:v:4:y:2001:i:3:p:695-735
    DOI: 10.1006/redy.2001.0131
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    1. Lutz Hendricks, 2000. "Do Redistributive Policies Promote Intergenerational Mobility?," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers 0607, Econometric Society.
    2. Hendricks, Lutz, 2007. "The intergenerational persistence of lifetime earnings," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 51(1), pages 125-144, January.
    3. Igor Kotlán & Zuzana Machová & Lenka Janíčková, 2011. "Vliv zdanění na dlouhodobý ekonomický růst
      [Taxation Influence on the Economic Growth]
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    4. Chih-Chin Ho & Ching-Yang Lin & Cheng-Tao Tang, 2013. "How Do Income and Bequest Taxes Affect Income Inequality? The Role of Parental Transfers," Working Papers EMS_2013_10, Research Institute, International University of Japan.

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    Keywords

    Taxation; intergenerational mobility; human capital;

    JEL classification:

    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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