Growth effects of flat-rate taxes

N. L. Stokey, S. Rebelo

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Recent estimates of the potential growth effects of tax reform vary wildly, ranging from zero to eight percentage points. Using an endogenous growth model, this study assesses which model features and parameter values are important for determining the quantitative impact of tax reform. Finds that the critical parameters are factor shares, depreciation rates, the elasticity of intertemporal substitution, and the elasticity of labor supply. The elasticities of substitution in production, on the other hand, are relatively unimportant. The quantitative estimates in several recent papers are compared with each other and with some of the evidence from the US experience. Robert Lucas's conclusion, that tax reform would have little or no effect on the US growth rate, is theoretically robust and consistent with the evidence. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-550
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Political Economy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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