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Monetary Policy and Automatic Stabilizers: the Role of Progressive Taxation

  • Fabrizio Mattesini

    (University of Rome "Tor Vergata")

  • Lorenza Rossi


    (Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Pavia)

We study the effects of progressive labor income taxation in an otherwise standard NK model. We show that progressive taxation (i) introduces a trade-off between output and inflation stabilization and affects the slope of the Phillips Curve; (ii) acts as automatic stabilizer changing the responses of the economy to technology shocks and demand shocks (iii) alters the prescription for the optimal discretionary interest rate rule. We also show that the welfare gains from commitment decrease as labor income taxes become more progressive. Quantitatively, the model is able to reproduce the observed negative correlation between the volatility of output, hours and in?ation and the degree of progressivity of labor income taxation.

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Paper provided by University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods in its series Quaderni di Dipartimento with number 134.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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