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An Optimal Tax Treatment Of Leviathan

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  • John Douglas Wilson

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This paper constructs a model in which taxation and public expenditure decisions are made by two decision makers: a "benevolent planner," who treats all consumers equally in the measurement of welfare; and a "Leviathan planner," who places more weight on the utilities of "favored consumers." The benevolent planner can restrict the Leviathan planner's power to tax, but cannot control the allocation of expenditures between desirable public goods and income transfers to favored consumers. Several types of tax restrictions are shown to be welfare-improving from the benevolent planner's viewpoint. These restrictions include a reduction in the size of the tax base, although administrative costs already prevent the Leviathan planner from taxing all commodities. Copyright 1989 Blackwell Publishers Ltd..

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Volume (Year): 1 (1989)
Issue (Month): 2 (07)
Pages: 97-117

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  4. Wolfgang Eggert & Peter Birch Sørensen, 2007. "The Effects of Tax Competition when Politicians Create Rents to Buy Political Support," EPRU Working Paper Series 07-04, Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  5. Massimo Bordignon, 2007. "Exit and Voice. Yardstick versus Fiscal Competition across Governments," CESifo Working Paper Series 2069, CESifo Group Munich.
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  7. Evrenk, Haldun, 2008. "Mackerels in the Moonlight: A Duopoly Model of Political Agency," Working Papers 2008-4, Suffolk University, Department of Economics.
  8. Stanley L. Winer & Walter Hettich, 2002. "The Political Economy of Taxation: Positive and Normative Analysis when Collective Choice Matters," Carleton Economic Papers 02-11, Carleton University, Department of Economics, revised 2004.

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