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Optimal taxation in the presence of bailouts

Panageas, Stavros (2010) Optimal taxation in the presence of bailouts. Journal of Monetary Economics, 57 (1). pp. 101-116. ISSN 0304-3932

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Abstract

The termination of a representative financial firm due to excessive leverage may lead to substantial bankruptcy costs. A government in the tradition of Ramsey (1927) may be inclined to provide transfers to the firm so as to prevent its liquidation and the associated deadweight costs. It is shown that the optimal taxation policy to finance such transfers exhibits procyclicality and history dependence, even in a complete market. These results are in contrast with pre-existing literature on optimal fiscal policy, and are driven by the endogeneity of the transfer payments that are required to salvage the financial firm.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-moneta...
Additional Information: © 2009 Elsevier B.V.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Sets: Departments > Finance
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2012 09:13
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/44486/

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