2009 Discussion Papers
School of Economics Discussion Paper 09/25
Tax Policy for Economic Recovery and Growth
Christopher Heady, Åsa Johansson, Jens Arnold, Bert Brys and Laura Vartia
This paper identifies tax policy that both speeds recovery from the current economic crisis and contributes to long-run growth. This is a challenge because short-term recovery requires increases in demand while long-term growth requires increases in supply. As short-term tax concessions can be hard to reverse, this implies that policies to alleviate the crisis could compromise long-run growth. The analysis makes use of recent evidence on the impact of tax structure on economic growth to identify which growth-enhancing tax changes can also aid recovery, taking account of the need to protect those on low incomes.
JEL Classification: H20, H30, O40
Keywords: Taxation, Tax Design, Tax Policy, Economic growth, Economic recovery
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