Been-Lon Chen

Institute of Economics
Academia Sinica
128 Academia Rd. Section 2
Taipei 11529 TAIWAN

E-Mail: bchen@econ.sinica.edu.tw
Institutional Affiliation: Academia Sinica

NBER Working Papers and Publications

April 2019Long-Run Tax Incidence in a Human Capital-based Endogenous Growth Model with Labor-Market Frictions
with Hung-Ju Chen, Ping Wang: w25783
In a second-best optimal growth setup with only factor taxes, it is in general optimal to fully replace capital by labor income taxation in the long run. We revisit this important issue by developing a human capital-based endogenous growth model with frictional labor search, allowing each firm to create multiple vacancies and each worker to determine market participation. We find that the conventional efficient bargaining condition is necessary but not sufficient for achieving constrained social optimality. We then conduct tax incidence exercises in balanced growth by calibrating to the U.S. economy with a pre-existing 20% flat tax on capital and labor income. Our quantitative results suggest that, due to a dominant channel via the interactions between vacancy creation and market participa...

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