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Inflation Taxation and Welfare with Externalities and Leisure
(with Jinli Zeng, and Jie Zhang)
Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking , 39(1), 2007, 105-131
Abstract: This paper examines how inflation taxation affects resource allocation and welfare in a neoclassical growth model with leisure, a production externality and money in the utility function. Switching from consumption taxation to inflation taxation to finance government spending reduces real money balances relative to income, but increases consumption, labor, capital, and output. The net welfare effect of this switch depends crucially on the strength of the externality and on the elasticity of intertemporal substitution. While it is always negative without the externality, it is likely to be positive with a strong externality and elastic intertemporal substitution.
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