Universität Bonn

Department of Economics

MEF-Seminar Summersemester 2022

Alais Martin Baillon, Sciences Po, 27.04.2022

Corporate fiscal policy over the business cycle is carried out in very different ways over time and across countries. Moreover, little is known about how it should be conducted. This paper studies the design of optimal fiscal policy in a heteroge- neous firm environment, when the economy is hit by aggregate shocks. It provides tools to understand when and how heterogeneous firms should be taxed or subsi- dized over cycles. To tackle this issue, I first solve a tractable model which delivers a simple distribution of firms. In this framework, I provide an analytical characterization of the corporate tax rate over the business cycle. Then, using a fully fledged heterogeneous firm model and cutting-edge computational method, I solve for the optimal path of the tax rate in this environment. My main result is that, in both exercises, the variation of the optimal tax rate depends on the expected persistence of the aggregate shock.
Wednesday, 27.04.22 - 12:15 PM - 01:30 PM
"When should we tax firms? Optimal corporate taxation with firm heterogeneity"
Juridicum, Adenauerallee 24-42
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Institute for Macroeconomics and Econometrics
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