Taxes and Growth in a Financially Underdeveloped Country: Evidence from the Chilean Investment Boom [report]

Chang-Tai Hsieh, Jonathan Parker
2006 unpublished
This paper argues that taxation of retained profits is particularly distortionary in economies with poorly developed financial markets. In such economies, a tax on retained profits reduces the investment of financially constrained firms, investment that has marginal product greater than the after-tax market real interest rate. Contrarily, a tax on distributed profits primarily reduces the investment of financially unconstrained firms. We argue that a 1984 − 1986 reduction in the tax rate on
more » ... ined profits caused a boom in investment and productivity in Chile.
doi:10.3386/w12104 fatcat:4wxadutffncsziiayubuc2zn5q