On the Optimal Fiscal Treatment of Family Size
AbstractShould a benevolent social planner subsidize family size? Typically, contributions assuming exogenous fertility yield an affirmative answer, while those assuming endogenous fertility do not reach definite conclusions. We re-examine the endogenous fertility model, and find that when redistribution is accomplished mostly using non-income taxes, there is indeed a case for encouraging fertility, as long as poor families tend to have more children. Instead, when redistribution is mainly pursued using a non-linear income tax, the above rationale for child subsidization disappears. We finally argue that whether children are a tax asset or a tax liability depends, however, on all the policy instruments, and not only on the tax treatment of family size.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal FinanzArchiv.
Volume (Year): 58 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
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- D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
- H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
- H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
- J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
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- Volker Meier & Matthias Wrede, 2013.
"Reducing the excess burden of subsidizing the stork: joint taxation, individual taxation, and family tax splitting,"
Journal of Population Economics,
Springer, vol. 26(3), pages 1195-1207, July.
- Volker Meier & Matthias Wrede, 2008. "Reducing the Excess Burden of Subsidizing the Stork: Joint Taxation, Individual Taxation, and Family Tax Splitting," CESifo Working Paper Series 2470, CESifo Group Munich.
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