How Should Capital Be Taxed? Theory and Evidence from Sweden

80 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2018

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Spencer Bastani

Linnaeus University - Department of Economics and Statistics

Daniel Waldenström

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

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Date Written: April 2018

Abstract

This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of the role of capital taxation in advanced economies with a focus on the Swedish experience. We synthesize the existing theoretical literature, present facts about the capital stock and its distribution, review current capital tax practices and empirical findings regarding their effects on economic activity. The paper also examines the political feasibility of capital taxation by presenting results from a unique attitude survey targeted to a large representative sample of the Swedish population. Finally, we tie together our findings and discuss their implications for tax policy.

Keywords: Capital taxation, corporate tax, Income inequality, Inheritance tax, optimal taxation, political economy, Preferences for Redistribution, Wealth Inequality, Wealth tax

JEL Classification: D31, F38, H21, H24

Suggested Citation

Bastani, Spencer and Waldenström, Daniel, How Should Capital Be Taxed? Theory and Evidence from Sweden (April 2018). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12880, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3167245

Spencer Bastani (Contact Author)

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Daniel Waldenström

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) ( email )

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