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Title:Optimum taxation of inheritances PDF Logo
Authors:Brunner, Johann K.
Pech, Susanne
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2319
Abstract:We incorporate the fact that inheritances create a second distinguishing characteristic of individuals, in addition to earning abilities, into an optimum income taxation model with bequests motivated by joy of giving. We show that a tax on inheritances and a uniform tax on all expenditures including bequests are equivalent and that either is desirable, according to an intertemporal social objective, if on average high-able individuals have larger inherited endowments than low-able. We demonstrate that such a situation results as the outcome of a process with stochastic transition of abilities over generations, if all descendants are more probable to have their parent’s ability rank than any other.
JEL:H21
H24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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