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Corporate taxation and capital accumulation

  • Stephen Bond

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    (Nuffield College, Department of Economics, and Centre for Business Taxation, University of Oxford, UK, and Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Jing Xing

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    (Nuffield College, Department of Economics, and Centre for Business Taxation, University of Oxford, UK)

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    We present new empirical evidence that aggregate capital accumulation is strongly influenced by the user cost of capital and, in particular, by corporate tax incentives summarised in the tax-adjusted user cost. We use sectoral panel data for the USA, Japan, Australia and ten EU countries over the period 1982-2007. Our panel combines data on capital stocks, value-added and relative prices from the EU KLEMS database with measures of effective corporate tax rates from the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation. Given the tax-adjusted user cost, we find little additional information in statutory corporate tax rates or effective average tax rates.

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    Paper provided by Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation in its series Working Papers with number 1015.

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