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More on the Optimal Taxation of Capital

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  • V. V. Chari

    (University of Minnesota)

  • Pedro Teles

    (Banco de Portugal, Universidade Catolica)

  • Juan Nicolini

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

Abstract

Should capital income taxes be zero in the long run, as argued by Chamley (1986) and Judd (1985)? Or should instead capital be heavily taxed as suggested by Straub and Werning (2015)? We revisit the Ramsey literature on the optimal taxation of capital and make again the case for a low, possibly zero, tax on capital income.

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  • V. V. Chari & Pedro Teles & Juan Nicolini, 2016. "More on the Optimal Taxation of Capital," 2016 Meeting Papers 1364, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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