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How should the government allocate its tax revenues between productivity-enhancing and utility-enhancing public goods?

  • George Economides
  • Hyun Park
  • Apostolis Philippopoulos

We present a fairly standard general equilibrium model of endogenous growth with productive and non-productive public goods and servives. The former enhance private productivity and the latter private utility. We solve for Ramsey second-best optimal policy (where policy is summarized by the paths of the income tax rate and the allocation of the collected tax revenues between productivity-enhancing and utilityenhancing public expenditures). We show that the properties and implications of second-best optimal policy (a) differ from the benchmark case of the social planner’s first-best allocation (b) depend crucially on whether public goods and services are subject to congestion.

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Paper provided by Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow in its series Working Papers with number 2007_40.

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