The welfare and employment effects of trade and factor taxes with variable factor supply
AuthorMichael, Michael S.
SourceJournal of International Trade and Economic Development
Google Scholar check
MetadataShow full item record
This paper develops a general trade model with many traded goods, many internationally mobile factors, and with endogenous labor supply. Within this framework, the employment and welfare effects of taxes on trade, on wages and on the returns of the internationally mobile factors are examined. The employment maximizing and the first- and second-best tax structures are determined. The analysis identifies the conditions under which variable labor supply increases the welfare cost of a trade and a capital tax, and demonstrates the need for joint determination of taxes on trade and on the returns of factors in variable domestic supply. © Routledge 1994.