Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/226277
Authors: 
Haaparanta, Pertti
Kanbur, Ravi
Paukkeri, Tuuli
Pirttilä, Jukka
Tuomala, Matti
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 8575
Abstract: 
A common claim in the policy discourse is that a government wishing to achieve equality of opportunity should use public provision of education for equalisation of opportunities rather than income taxation, which only equalizes incomes. We develop a framework in which the tax and education provision rules in the welfarist and non-welfarist/equality of opportunity cases can be transparently compared. We show that in addition to education policies, progressive taxation also plays a role in achieving equality of opportunity, and illustrate how its use may differ under the two objectives. We also show how the provision of public education depends on how private education choices respond, potentially differentially by higher- and lower-income families.
Subjects: 
educational subsidies
equality of opportunity
income taxation
inequality
public good provision
JEL: 
H21
H40
O12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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