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Land is back, it should be taxed, it can be taxed

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  • Odran Bonnet

    (CREST-INSEE - Centre de Recherche en Economie et en Statistique - Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques (INSEE))

  • Guillaume Chapelle

    (THEMA - Théorie économique, modélisation et applications - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CY - CY Cergy Paris Université)

  • Alain Trannoy

    (AMSE - Aix-Marseille Sciences Economiques - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ECM - École Centrale de Marseille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - AMU - Aix Marseille Université)

  • Etienne Wasmer

    (Department of Economics, Social Science Div. NYU-Abu Dhabi)

Abstract

Land is back. The increase in wealth in the second half of 20th century arose from housing and land. It should be taxed. We introduce land and housing structures in Judd's standard setup: first best optimal taxation is achieved with a property tax on land and requires no tax on capital. With positive taxes on housing rents, a first best is still possible but with subsidies to rental housing investments, and either with differential land tax rates or with a tax on imputed rents. It can be taxed. Even absent land taxes, one can tax it indirectly and reach a Ramsey-second best still with no tax on capital and positive housing rent taxes in the steady-state. This result extends to the dynamics under restrictions on parameters.

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  • Odran Bonnet & Guillaume Chapelle & Alain Trannoy & Etienne Wasmer, 2021. "Land is back, it should be taxed, it can be taxed," Post-Print hal-03238443, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-03238443
    DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2021.103696
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