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Welfare Effects of Tax Policy in Open Economies: Stabilization and Cooperation

  • Sunghyun Henry Kim
  • Jinill Kim

This paper studies optimal tax policy design problem by employing a two-country dynamic general equilibrium model with incomplete asset markets. We investigate the possibility of welfare-improving active, contingent tax policies (tax rates respond to changes in productivity) on consumption, and capital and labor income taxes. Unlike the conventional wisdom regarding stabilization policies, procyclical factor income tax policy is optimal in open economy. Procyclical tax policy generates efficiency gains by correcting market incompleteness. Optimal tax policy under cooperative equilibrium is similar to that under the Nash equilibrium and welfare gains from tax policy coordination is quite small.

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Paper provided by Society for Computational Economics in its series Computing in Economics and Finance 2003 with number 259.

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