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Title:Reducing the excess burden of subsidizing the stork: joint taxation, individual taxation, and family tax splitting PDF Logo
Authors:Meier, Volker
Wrede, Matthias
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2470
Abstract:Analyzing a homogenous household setting with endogenous fertility and endogenous labor supply, we demonstrate that moving from joint taxation to individual taxation and adapting child benefits so as to keep fertility constant entails a Pareto improvement. The change is associated with an increase in labor supply and consumption and a reduction of the marginal income tax, while the child benefit may move in either direction. Similarly, a move from joint taxation to some scheme of family tax splitting increases labor supply and welfare.
Subjects:Income taxation
fertility
splitting
labor supply
JEL:H21
H24
H31
J18
J22
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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