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Tax cuts, employment and asset prices: A real intertemporal model

  • Hian Teck Hoon


    (Singapore Management University)

  • Edmund S. Phelps


    (Columbia University - Department of Economics)

We determine the effects of a delayed or immediate tax cut with or without a "sunset" feature in a real customer-market, nonRicardian economy. Our model incorporates both the supply-sider channel as well as the Feldstein-Rubin-Summers channel. We show that a tax cut may depress both the real asset price and employment. The presence of the paradoxical result of employment contraction does not work through nor imply an immediate increase of the long real interest rate, contrary to financial commentators. A similar analysis applies to the huge pension problem burdening several continental European economies so part of their high unemployment of late may be ascribed to their looming pension outlays.

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Paper provided by Columbia University, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 0102-70.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:clu:wpaper:0102-70
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