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Altruism, Incomplete Markets, and Tax Reform

  • Selo Imrohoroglu


  • Ayse Imrohoroglu


  • Luisa Fuster

    (University of Toronto)

We calibrate the model to the U.S. data and numerically characterize transition paths from the current tax system to a reformed system. All our experiments are revenue-neutral. Starting from the current tax code, we allow for transitions to reformed steady-states in which the capital income taxation or labor income taxation is eliminated, with the lost revenues replaced by a higher labor income or consumption tax. In all cases, the reformed steady-state yields significantly higher capital and consumption. When the capital income tax is replaced by a higher labor income tax, only 38.4% are in favor. Using a consumption tax instead of the labor income tax raises support for reform to 45.7%. Eliminating the capital income tax in a phased-out fashion and using the more efficient consumption tax to replace the lost revenues brings support to 71.4%.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2007 Meeting Papers with number 491.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:red:sed007:491
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