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The long term effects of capital gains taxes in New Zealand


  • Andrew Coleman

    () (Motu Economic and Public Policy Research)


This paper develops a model of the housing market incorporating a construction sector, a rental sector, and a housing demand sector to examine the long term consequences for the housing market of different types of capital gains taxes. The sector is based on an overlapping generations model of the economy that included a detailed representation of the credit constraints and tax regulations affecting households. The model suggests that capital gains taxes will raise rents, increase homeownership rates, rebalance the housing stock towards smaller houses, and increase the net foreign asset position. The implications for welfare are much less clear, however, particularly for young low income households that will face higher rents.

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  • Andrew Coleman, 2009. "The long term effects of capital gains taxes in New Zealand," Working Papers 09_13, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:mtu:wpaper:09_13

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    1. Andrew Coleman, 2010. "The long-term effects of capital gains taxes in New Zealand," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(2), pages 159-177.
    2. Andrew Coleman & Arthur Grimes, 2010. "Fiscal, distributional and efficiency impacts of land and property taxes," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(2), pages 179-199.

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    Inflation; credit constraints; capital income taxes; housing markets; home-ownership rates; monetary policy;

    JEL classification:

    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies


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