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Optimal taxation of capital income with imperfectly competitive product markets

  • Jang-Ting Guo
  • Kevin J. Lansing

We show that the steady-state optimal tax on capital income can be negative, positive, or zero in a neoclassical growth model that allows for imperfectly competitive product markets. The sign of the optimal tax rate depends crucially on (1) the degree of monopoly power, (2) the extent to which monopoly profits can be taxed, (3) the size of the depreciation allowance, and (4) the magnitude of government expenditures. For an empirically plausible set of parameters, we find that the steady-state optimal capital tax can range between -10 and 22%.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in its series Working Papers in Applied Economic Theory with number 98-04.

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Date of creation: 1998
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control, v. 23, no. 7, June 1999
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfap:98-04
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