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The long run effects of changes in tax progressivity

Daniel Carroll and Eric Young ()

Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2011, vol. 35, issue 9, 1451-1473

Abstract: This paper compares the steady-state outcomes of revenue-neutral changes to the progressivity of the tax schedule. Our economy features heterogeneous households who differ in their preferences and permanent labor productivities, but it does not have idiosyncratic risk. We find that increases in the progressivity of the tax schedule are associated with long-run distributions with greater aggregate income, wealth, and labor input. Average hours generally declines as the tax schedule becomes more progressive implying that the economy substitutes away from less-productive workers toward more-productive workers. Finally, as progressivity increases, income inequality is reduced and wealth inequality rises. Many of these results are qualitatively different than those found in models with idiosyncratic risk, and therefore suggest closer attention should be paid to modeling the insurance opportunities of households.

Keywords: Heterogeneity; Progressive; taxation; Inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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