Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/210390
Authors: 
Kouparitsas, Michael
Prihardini, Dinar
Beames, Alexander
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Treasury Working Paper No. 2016-02
Abstract: 
For a small open economy, such as Australia, its living standards (per capita income) are determined by the level of its terms of trade, labour productivity, labour force participation and population. Australia’s terms of trade, labour force participation and population growth are expected to be flat or declining in the foreseeable future which implies any improvement in Australia’s living standards must be driven by a higher level of labour productivity. This paper shows that a company income tax cut can do that, even after allowing for increases in other taxes or cutting government spending to recover lost revenue, by lowering the before tax cost of capital. This encourages investment, which in turn increases the capital stock and labour productivity. Analysis presented here also suggests the long-term benefits accrue to workers and households via permanently higher after-tax real wages and consumption.
Subjects: 
optimal taxation
company tax
tax reform
policy simulation
JEL: 
H21
H25
H30
E27
ISBN: 
978-1-925220-99-5
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/legalcode
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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