The Political Economy of Capital Income and Profit Taxation in a Small Open Economy

H.P. Huizinga, S.B. Nielsen

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This paper considers the political economy of the mix of profit, investment and saving taxation in a small open economy where agents generally differ in their shares of profit and other income.In this setting, capital income taxation can have the dual role of financing government spending and of redistributing income.With majority voting, several different constellations of profit, investment and saving taxes can arise.The paper, for instance, can explain why distorting saving taxation exists, even if profits are not taxed to the fullest extent.Alternatively, saving may be subsidized, even if profit and investment are highly taxed.The role of the foreign ownership of domestic firms in explaining capital income taxation is examined for the two cases of majority voting and a representative agent.With majority voting, a higher foreign ownership may induce a shift towards higher profit
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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  • taxation
  • political economy
  • open economy


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