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A generalization of the Atkinson-Stiglitz (1976) theorem on the undesirability of nonuniform excise taxation

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  • Hellwig, Martin F.

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The Atkinson-Stiglitz (1976) theorem on the undesirability of nonuniform excise taxation when all agents have homogeneous, separable preferences is extended to allow for nonseparability with respect to endogenous variables that will be subject to distortions.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 108 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 156-158

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:108:y:2010:i:2:p:156-158

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Keywords: Optimal taxation Atkinson-Stiglitz Theorem;

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  1. Stéphane Gauthier & Guy Laroque, 2008. "Separability and public finance," IFS Working Papers W08/07, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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