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Tax Policy for Economic Recovery and Growth

Christopher Heady, Åsa Johansson, Jens Arnold (), Bert Brys and Laura Vartia

Studies in Economics from School of Economics, University of Kent

Abstract: This paper identifies tax policy that both speeds recovery from the current economic crisis and contributes to long-run growth. This is a challenge because short-term recovery requires increases in demand while long-term growth requires increases in supply. As short-term tax concessions can be hard to reverse, this implies that policies to alleviate the crisis could compromise long-run growth. The analysis makes use of recent evidence on the impact of tax structure on economic growth to identify which growth-enhancing tax changes can also aid recovery, taking account of the need to protect those on low incomes.

Keywords: Taxation; Tax Design; Tax Policy; Economic growth; Economic recovery (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H20 H30 O40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-12
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