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Financial crises, debt volatility and optimal taxes

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  • Julian A. Parra-Polania

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  • Carmiña O. Vargas

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We study financial crises in a small open production economy subject to credit constraint and uncertainty on the value of debt repayments. We find that the possibility of reducing the severity of future crises encourages the central planner (CP) to increase both the crisis frequency and current debt. The CP equilibrium can be implemented by a macro-prudential tax on debt and, only during crises, subsidies on consumption and a tax on non-tradable labor. The welfare gain of implementing such equilibrium is small for the baseline scenario but very sensitive to changes in debt volatility and the economy’s degree of openness.

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  • Julian A. Parra-Polania & Carmiña O. Vargas, 2014. "Financial crises, debt volatility and optimal taxes," BORRADORES DE ECONOMIA 012027, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA.
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    Keywords

    Financial crisis; capital controls; debt shocks; optimal tax.;
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    JEL classification:

    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation

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