Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/144525
Authors: 
Vasilev, Aleksandar
Year of Publication: 
2016
Abstract: 
We show that in a exogenous growth model with informal economy calibrated to Bulgarian data under the progressive taxation regime (1993-2007), the economy exhibits equilibrium indeterminacy due to the the presence of an unofficial production. These results are in line with the findings in Benhabib and Farmer (1994, 1996) and Farmer (1999). Also, the findings in this paper are in contrast to Guo and Lansing (1988) who argue that progressive taxation works as an automatic stabilizer. Under the flat tax regime (2008-14), the economy calibrated to Bulgarian data displays saddle-path stability. The decrease in the average effective tax rate addresses the indeterminacy issue and eliminates the "sink" dynamics.
Subjects: 
Progressive taxation
Informal economy
Equilibrium (in)determinacy
JEL: 
D91
J46
Document Type: 
Preprint

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