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An Estimation of Impact of Financial Repression on Budget Revenues


  • Isakov, Kanat S.


  • Pekarski, Sergey E.

    () (Department of Theoretical Economics, National Research University Higher School of Economics)


Modern financial repression in developed countries takes the form of various measures aimed at increasing the placement of public debt with a below-market or even negative real rate of return. It provides governments with an additional revenue or liquidates their debt. But financial repression is a hidden tax on wealth, which introduce additional distortions into the economy and thus affects the base of traditional taxes. In this paper we introduce financial repression into the neoclassical dynamic general equilibrium model to assess its overall impact on government revenues. Following the framework of Trabandt and Uhlig (2011) we estimate Laffer curves for USA and the set of European countries. We show, that tighter repression shifts Laffer curves for consumption and labor-income taxes down, but actually increases the revenue from capital-income taxation. As a result, and despite a decrease in output, financial repression leads to an increase in government purchases. We also estimate marginal rates of substitutions between different policy instruments and show, that while the U.S. economy cannot loosen repression without forgoing government purchases or increasing traditional taxes, European economies are on the wrong side of the Laffer hill for financial repression that allows decreasing public debt and increasing its rate of return.

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  • Isakov, Kanat S. & Pekarski, Sergey E., 2016. "An Estimation of Impact of Financial Repression on Budget Revenues," Economic Policy, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, vol. 5, pages 28-49, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:rnp:ecopol:ep1652

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    financial repression; public debt; distortionary taxation; Laffer curves;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
    • H63 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Debt; Debt Management; Sovereign Debt


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