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A Rational Economic Model of Paygo Tax Rates

Sheshinski, Eytan and Murtin, Fabrice and de Menil, Georges and T. Yokossi, Murtin (2016): A Rational Economic Model of Paygo Tax Rates.

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We argue that paygo rates are determined by a representative agent and a benevolent government jointly maximizing the expected life-time utility of the agent. The distributions of labor and capital income are calculated from national data on real GDP, real wages and the real return to capital since 1950. With uniform risk aversion, predicted rates explain 83% of the variance of observed rates. The globalization of capital markets would lead to convergence of paygo rates. Our results are immune to crises like 2008.

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