Optimal Factor Taxation Under Wage Bargaining - a Dynamic Perspective
38 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2003
Date Written: January 2003
We consider the issue of steady-state optimal factor taxation in a Ramsey-type dynamic general equilibrium setting with two distinct distortions: i) taxes on capital and labour are the only available tax instruments for raising revenues, and ii) labour markets are subject to a static inefficiency resulting from wage bargaining. If considered in isolation, under broad assumptions the two distortions create conflicting demands on the wage tax, while calling for a zero capital tax. By combining the two distortions, we arrive at the conclusion that both instruments should be used, implying that the zero-capital tax result in general is no longer valid under imperfectly competitive labour markets.
Keywords: Optimal Taxation, Imperfectly Competitive Labour Markets, Capital Accumulation
JEL Classification: E62, H21, J51
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