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Optimal Taxation and Life Cycle Labor Supply Profile

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  • Céspedes, Nikita

    (Banco Central de Reserva del Perú
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  • Kuklik, Michael

    (Long Island University)

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The optimal capital income tax rate is 36 percent as reported by Conesa, Kitao, and Krueger (2009). This result is mainly driven by the market incompleteness as well as the endogenous labor supply in a life-cycle framework. We show that this model fails to account for the basic life-cycle features of the labor supply observed in the U.S. data. In this paper, we introduce into this model non-linear wages and inter-vivos transfers into this model in order to account for the life-cycle features of labor supply. The former makes hours of work highly persistent and helps to account for labor choices at the extensive margin over the life cycle. The latter allows us to account for labor choices early in life. The suggested model delivers an optimal capital income tax rate of 7.4 percent, which is significantly lower than what Conesa, Kitao, and Krueger (2009) found.

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  • Céspedes, Nikita & Kuklik, Michael, 2013. "Optimal Taxation and Life Cycle Labor Supply Profile," Working Papers 2013-020, Banco Central de Reserva del Perú.
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    Keywords

    Labor supply; optimal taxation; capital taxation; non-linear wage; inter-vivos transfer;
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    • E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies

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