Capital income taxation and long-run growth: New perspectives

Assaf Razin, Chi Wa Yuen*

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We study the effects of capital income taxation on long-run growth in an endogenous growth framework with two distinguishing features: endogenous population and international capital mobility. Endogenizing population growth introduces a new channel for taxes to affect economic growth and enables us to discriminate the effects of taxes on total versus per capita income growth. Allowing for capital mobility in the open economy, we show how the effects of taxes on population growth and income growth across countries will vary in specific ways, depending on the international income tax regimes and the relative preference bias of people towards the 'quantity' and 'quality' of their children. The numerical results based on our calibrated model for the G-7 nations also indicate that, although the effects of liberalizing capital flows on long-run growth may not be very sizable, the growth effects of changes in capital income tax rates can be tremendously magnified by cross-border capital flows and cross-border spillovers of policy effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-263
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1996


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    • Capital mobility
    • Capital taxation
    • Population and income growth


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