International Aspects of Budget Deficits with Distortionary Taxes

28 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2006

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Jacob A. Frenkel

Merrill Lynch & Co. - Sovereign Advisory Group and Global Financial Institutions Group; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Assaf Razin

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: September 15, 1987

Abstract

Much of the recent research of the international economic consequences of budget deficit has been conducted under the assumption that taxes are lump sum. It has thus abstracted from important issues that arise in the context of distortionary tax systems. Our analysis deals with the international effects of budget deficits under alternative tax systems. The key result of the analysis is that the consequences of tax policies and the characteristics of the international transmission mechanism depend critically on the precise composition of taxes. Specifically, under a value-added tax system a budget deficit lowers the world rate of interest while under an income-tax system the same deficit raises the world rate of interest.

JEL Classification: 4312, 3210

Suggested Citation

Frenkel, Jacob A. and Razin, Assaf, International Aspects of Budget Deficits with Distortionary Taxes (September 15, 1987). IMF Working Paper, Vol. , pp. 1-28, 1987. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=884872

Jacob A. Frenkel (Contact Author)

Merrill Lynch & Co. - Sovereign Advisory Group and Global Financial Institutions Group

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Assaf Razin

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