Could Higher Taxes Increase the Long-Run Demand for Capital?: Theory and Evidence for Chile
Eduardo M. R. A. Engel
Yale University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Álvaro E. Bustos
Northwestern University - School of Law; Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
Universidad de los Andes
Yale University Economic Growth Center Discussion Paper No. 858
On theoretical grounds alone, there is no a priori reason why higher taxes should reduce the desired capital stock, since a tax increase reduces marginal returns but also increases depreciation and interest payment allowances. Using a panel of Chilean corporations, this paper estimates a long-run demand for capital valid for a general adjustment-cost structure. Changes in the corporate tax rate are found to have no effect on the long run demand for capital. Furthermore, when making investment decisions, firms ignore the marginal rates paid by their stockholders, suggesting the presence of a corporate veil.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: Adjustment Costs, Corporate Veil, Demand for Capital, Depreciation Allowances, User Cost of Capital
JEL Classification: D21, H32working papers series
Date posted: July 22, 2003
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