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On the Almost Neutrality of Inflation: Notes on Taxation and the Welfare Costs of Inflation

  • Joseph E. Stiglitz

In this paper I attempt to clarify the nature of the losses associated with inflation within a conventional model of a competitive economy. I shall argue that were inflation fully anticipated, it would be "almost neutral" provided (a) that the tax system were fully indexed and (b) that interest were paid on bank deposits (as to an increasing extent it is in the United States). However, unanticipated inflation may have significant effects.

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Publication status: published as Stiglitz, Joseph E. "On the Almost Neutrality of Inflation: Notes on Taxation and the Welfare Costs of Inflation." Development in an Inflationary World, edited by M. June Flanders and Assaf Razin, pp. 419-457. New York: Academic Press, Inc., 1981.
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  1. Martin Feldstein & Joel Slemrod, 1983. "Inflation and the Excess Taxation of Capital Gains on Corporate Stock," NBER Chapters, in: Inflation, Tax Rules, and Capital Formation, pages 101-115 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Peter A.Diamond, 1973. "Inflation and the Comprehensive Tax Base," Working papers 98, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
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  7. Green, Jerry & Sheshinski, Eytan, 1978. "Optimal Capital-Gains Taxation Under Limited Information," Scholarly Articles 3210340, Harvard University Department of Economics.
  8. Stiglitz, Joseph E., 1973. "Taxation, corporate financial policy, and the cost of capital," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 2(1), pages 1-34, February.
  9. Paul A. Samuelson, 1964. "Tax Deductibility of Economic Depreciation to Insure Invariant Valuations," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 72, pages 604.
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