A Tax Plan for Endogenous Innovation

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Mariano (Max) Massimiliano Croce

Finance Department, Bocconi University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Anastasios G. Karantounias

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Steve Raymond

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School; University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Economics

Lukas Schmid

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

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Date Written: January 30, 2017

Abstract

In times when elevated government debt raises concerns about dimmer global growth prospects, we ask: How can the government provide incentives for innovation in a fiscally sustainable way? We address this question by examining the Ramsey problem of finding optimal tax and subsidy schemes in a model in which growth is endogenously sustained by risky innovation. We characterize the shadow value of growth and entry in the innovation sector. We find that a profit tax is required to replicate the first-best in order to balance the positive spillovers of innovative activity. At the second-best, the profit tax is designed to optimally respond to growth shocks above and beyond what is prescribed by the standard tax-smoothing incentives in economies with exogenous growth. The interplay of risk and innovation opens a new margin for optimal taxation.

Keywords: Innovation, endogenous growth, government debt, labor tax, subsidy, profit tax

JEL Classification: E32, E62, H21, H63, O3

Suggested Citation

Croce, Mariano Massimiliano and Karantounias, Anastasios G. and Raymond, Steve and Schmid, Lukas, A Tax Plan for Endogenous Innovation (January 30, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2952251 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2952251

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Anastasios G. Karantounias

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta ( email )

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Steve Raymond

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School ( email )

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University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Economics ( email )

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Lukas Schmid

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA California 90089-1424
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