Preprints of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2007,2
The paper provides a new formulation of the Mirrlees-Seade theo- rem on the positivity of the optimal marginal income tax, under weaker assumptions and in a more general model. The formulation of the the- orem is independent of whether the model involves nitely many types or a continuous type distribution. The formal argument makes the un- derlying logic transparent, relating the mathematics to the economics and showing precisely how each assumption enters the analysis.
Optimal Income Taxation Utilitarian Welfare Maxi- mization Redistribution