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Investment Tax Credit in an Open Economy

  • Partha Sen
  • Stephen J. Turnovsky

This paper contrasts the effects of a permanent and temporary investment tax credit in an open economy. In both cases an ITC will initially stimulate investment, while reducing employment and output, and generating a current account deficit. If the ITC is permanent, the accumulation of capital leads to a higher equilibrium capital stock, higher employment and output, and a reduction in the economy's stock of net credit. If the ITC is temporary, after its removal, the economy eventually moves to a new steady-state equilibrium having a lower permanent capital stock and employment, together with a higher stock of net credit.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 3298.

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Date of creation: Mar 1990
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Publication status: published as Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 42, No. 3, pp. 277-299, (August 1990).
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:3298
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