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The impact of tax structure on investment: an empirical assessment for OECD countries

José Alves ()

No 2018/58, Working Papers REM from ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management, REM, Universidade de Lisboa

Abstract: In the present empirical analysis we try to assess the impact of taxation on investment growth. In particular, and by using gross fixed capital formation as a proxy for investment, we intend to evaluate the impact of the taxation structure in investment dynamics, in a short and a long-run perspectives. This empirical exercise was conducted for all OECD countries, during the 1980-2015 period. Through panel data econometric techniques, we find optimal tax-investment threshold values, specially higher for short-term than for long-term evolution. Also, we find optimal income taxation rounding 9%, in percentage of GDP, an average optimal value 12.7% for consumption taxes to promote annual investment growth.

Keywords: Investment Growth; Tax systems; Fiscal Policy; Optimal taxation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D25 E62 H21 O47 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-11
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