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Financing Public Capital through Land Rent Taxation: A Macroeconomic Henry George Theorem

Mattauch, Linus; Siegmeier, Jan; Edenhofer, Ottmar; Creutzig, Felix

Abstract: Financing productive public capital through distortionary taxes typically creates a trade-off: the optimal investment is determined as a compromise between efficiency-enhancing public investment and perturbing market efficiency, but is never socially optimal. In contrast, such a trade-off can often be avoided if public capital is financed by taxing rents of a fixed production factor, such as land. Here, we provide a macroeconomic version of the Henry George Theorem. Specifically, we prove that the socially optimal level of the public capital stock can be reached by a land rent tax, provided land is a more important production factor than public capital. CESIFO WORKING PAPER NO. 4280. CATEGORY 1: PUBLIC FINANCE. JUNE 2013

Hypergeorgism: When is Rent Taxation as a Remedy for Insufficient Capital Accumulation Socially Optimal?

Edenhofer, Ottmar; Mattauch, Linus; Siegmeier, Jan

Abstract: Imperfect altruism between generations may lead to insufficient capital accumulation. We study the welfare consequences of taxing the rent on a fixed production factor, such as land, in this setting. We prove that taxing the rent is welfare-enhancing as it increases capital investment. This holds for any tax level and any recycling of the tax revenues except for combinations of high taxes and strongly redistributive recycling. Specific forms of redistribution of the land rent tax – a capital subsidy or a transfer directed at fundless newborns – allow to reproduce the social optimum under parameter restrictions valid for most economies. CESIFO WORKING PAPER NO. 4144 CATEGORY 1: PUBLIC FINANCE. MARCH 2013

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