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Factor income taxation, growth, and investment specific technological change

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  • Monisankar Bishnu

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    (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi)

  • Chetan Ghate

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    (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi)

  • Pawan Gopalakrishnan

    ()

    (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi)

We construct a tractable endogenous growth model with production externalities in which the public capital stock augments investment speci?c technological change. We characterize the ?rst best ?scal policy and show that there exist several labor and capital tax-subsidy combinations that decentralize the planner?s growth rate. The optimal factor income tax mix is therefore indeterminate which gives the planner the flexibility to choose policy rules from a large set. Our model explains why many advanced economies experiencing similar growth rates have widely varying factor income tax rates.

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Paper provided by Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India in its series Indian Statistical Institute, Planning Unit, New Delhi Discussion Papers with number 13-04.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2013
Handle: RePEc:ind:isipdp:13-04
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