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Asymmetric Information, Tax Evasion and Alternative Instruments of Government Revenue

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  • Rangan Gupta

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Using a pure-exchange overlapping generations model, characterized with tax evasion and information asymmetry between the government (the social planner) and the financial intermediaries, the author discusses the optimal tax and seigniorage plans, derived from the welfare maximizing objective of the social planner. It is observed that irrespective of whether the economy is characterized by tax evasion or asymmetric information, a benevolent social planner maximizing welfare and simultaneously financing the budget constraint, should optimally rely on explicit, rather than implicit taxation.

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Article provided by IUP Publications in its journal The IUP Journal of Monetary Economics.

Volume (Year): IV (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 75 - 89

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Handle: RePEc:icf:icfjmo:v:04:y:2006:i:1:p:75-89

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  1. Cerqueti, Roy & Coppier, Raffaella, 2011. "Economic growth, corruption and tax evasion," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 489-500.
  2. Rangan Gupta, 2005. "Tax Evasion and Financial Repression," Working papers 2005-34, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, revised Jun 2007.

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