DOES THE TAX SYSTEM FAVOR INVESTMENT IN HIGH‐TECH OR SMOKE‐STACK INDUSTRIES?

DON FULLERTON, ANDREW B. LYON

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Abstract

In this paper, we examine whether differential use of depreciable assets gives rise to differential tax treatment of high‐technology industries relative to other industries. We calculate the total effective tax rate on a marginal investment in each of 34 assets, and weighting by the use of these assets, we calculate total effective tax rates for 73 industries. We find considerable variation within the high‐tech sector and within the more traditional sector, but for the case of a taxable firm with a given debt/equity ratio, we do not find any systematic differences between overall rates in the two sectors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-416
Number of pages14
JournalEconomic Inquiry
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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