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Separability and public finance

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  • Gauthier, Stéphane
  • Laroque, Guy

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In a second best environment, the optimal policy choice sometimes follows first best rules. This paper presents a formal general argument which allows to unify much of the literature. It lays down the information structure and separability assumptions under which the results hold in a variety of setups, with extensions to preference heterogeneity and individual production sets.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Public Economics.

Volume (Year): 93 (2009)
Issue (Month): 11-12 (December)
Pages: 1168-1174

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Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:93:y:2009:i:11-12:p:1168-1174

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Keywords: Separability Second best optimality Indirect taxes Samuelson rule Pigovian taxation Individual production;

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