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Tran-Nam, B., Vu, L. & Andrew, B. H. (2007). Personal income tax reform in Australia: A specific proposal. Economic Analysis and Policy, 37 (2), 163-186.


This paper examines the possibility that foreign aid financing for public capital accumulation in developing countries may lead to excess depreciation of capital. The depreciation rate on public capital is endogenised in a general equilibrium framework in which the government collects a consumption tax to finance maintenance and repair expenditures as well as public investment. Tow simple cases are formulated and analysed to show that excess depreciation of public capital may result from budgetary and international aid and financing distortions that skew allocations to new investment rather than to maintenance of existing capital.

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