The Democratic Political Economy of Progressive Income Taxation
AbstractWhy do both left and right political parties typically propose progressive income taxation schemes in political competition? Analysis of this problem has been hindered by the two-dimensionality space of admissible tax policies: Nash equilibria in pure strategies of the usual political game generically fail to exist. A new equilibrium concept, based on the fact of factional conflict within parties, is introduced. Each party has incomplete preference orders on the strategy space, formed as the intersection of the complete preference orders of its factions. Nash equilibria of the two-party game, so construed, do exist and, in such equilibria, both parties propose progressive income taxation.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Econometric Society in its journal Econometrica.
Volume (Year): 67 (1999)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Other versions of this item:
- John E. Roemer, 1997. "The Democratic Political Economy of Progressive Income Taxation," Discussion Papers 97-03, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
- John E. Roemer, . "The Democratic Political Economy Of Progressive Income Taxation," Department of Economics 97-11, California Davis - Department of Economics.
- John Roemer, 2003. "The Democratic Political Economy Of Progressive Income Taxation," Working Papers 9711, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics.
- D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
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