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A note on Deaton's theorem on the undesirability of nonuniform excise taxation

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  • Hellwig, Martin F.

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The paper provides an extension and a new proof of Deaton's theorem on the undesirability of nonuniform excise taxation when income taxes are affine and preferences over consumption goods are separable from labour-leisure choices, homothetic, and identical across agents.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 105 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 186-188

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:105:y:2009:i:2:p:186-188

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Keywords: Optimal excise taxes Atkinson-Stiglitz theorem Deaton's theorem;

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  1. Traxler, Christian, 2012. "Majority voting and the welfare implications of tax avoidance," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 96(1), pages 1-9.
  2. Martin Hellwig, 2008. "A Generalization of the Atkinson-Stiglitz (1976) Theorem on the Undesirability of Nonuniform Excise Taxation," Working Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2008_47, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.

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