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Optimal Taxation of Married Couples with Household Production

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  • Henrik Jacobsen Kleven
  • Claus Thustrup Kreiner

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The literature suggests that the concern for economic efficiency calls for individual-based taxation of married couples with a higher rate on the primary earner. This paper reconsiders the choice of tax unit in the Becker model of household production. In the absence of restrictions on the use of commodity taxes, efficient taxation requires joint taxation of the family. In the presence of restricted commodity taxation, the income tax should compensate for the erroneous commodity taxes. In this case, individual taxation is typically optimal, but not necessarily with a higher rate on primary earners as usually suggested.

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Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal FinanzArchiv.

Volume (Year): 63 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 498-518

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Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200712)63:4_498:otomcw_2.0.tx_2-c

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  1. Immervoll, Herwig & Kleven, Henrik Jacobsen & Kreiner, Claus Thustrup & Verdelin, Nicolaj, 2011. "Optimal tax and transfer programs for couples with extensive labor supply responses," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(11), pages 1485-1500.
  2. 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.
  3. Meier, Volker & Rainer, Helmut, 2013. "Beyond Ramsey: Gender-Based Taxation with Non-Cooperative Couples," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79877, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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