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The Effect of Tax-Deferred Retirement Saving Accounts: A Dynamic General Equilibrium Analysis


  • Shinichi Nishiyama

    (Georgia State University)


The present paper constructs a dynamic general-equilibrium OLG model with heterogeneous households and analyzes the effect of tax-deferred retirement saving accounts. When stylized 401(k)-type accounts are introduced, the government tax revenue decreases by 26% in the short run and by 15% in the long run. If the government finances these costs by a onetime income tax increase with government debt, it has to raise the marginal tax rates by 31% to make the policy change sustainable. National wealth and output will decline by 1.4% and 2.8%, respectively, in the long run, and households of all cohorts will be worse off.

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  • Shinichi Nishiyama, 2009. "The Effect of Tax-Deferred Retirement Saving Accounts: A Dynamic General Equilibrium Analysis," 2009 Meeting Papers 957, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed009:957

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    1. Jagadeesh Gokhale & Laurence J. Kotlikoff & Mark J. Warshawsky, 2001. "Life-cycle saving, limits on contributions to DC pension plans, and lifetime tax benefits," Working Paper 0102, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
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