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Title:A comparison of optimal tax policies when compensation or responsibility matter PDF Logo
Authors:Jacquet, Laurence
van de Gaer, Dirk
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper Public Finance 2997
Abstract:This paper examines optimal redistribution in a model with high- and low-skilled individuals with heterogeneous tastes for labor. We compare the extent to which optimal policies based on different normative criteria obey the principles of compensation (for differential skills) and responsibility (for preferences for labor) when labor supply is along the extensive margin. With heterogeneity in skills and preferences, traditional Welfarist criteria including Utilitarianism present unappealing policy recommendations in some scenarios as they fail to take compensation and responsibility issues into account. Criteria from the social choice literature perform better in this regard in first-and second-best. More importantly, these equality of opportunity criteria push the second-best policy away from an Earned Income Tax Credit and in the direction of a Negative Income Tax.
Subjects:optimal income taxation
equality of opportunity
heterogeneous preferences for labor
JEL:H21
D63
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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