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Long-run growth effects of taxation in a non-scale growth model with innovation


  • Jinli Zeng

    () (National University of Singapore)

  • Jie Zhang

    (University of Queensland and Victoria University of Wellington)


In previous studies, taxing income or consumption hinders long-run growth. Incorporating saving and leisure into the non-scale Schumpeterian model of Howitt (1999), we show that the usual growth effects of taxing consumption and labor income do not exist.

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  • Jinli Zeng & Jie Zhang, 2001. "Long-run growth effects of taxation in a non-scale growth model with innovation," Departmental Working Papers wp0104, National University of Singapore, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:nus:nusewp:wp0104

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    Scale effects; Taxation; Long-run growth;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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