Time-consistent linear taxation and redistribution in an overlapping-generations framework
AbstractWe study time-consistent labour and capital income linear taxation using an infinite-horizon overlapping-generations model of a small open economy. Individuals have different productivities and the government intervenes for purely redistributive purposes. The study of time-consistent taxation requires the introduction of borrowing restrictions in the economy. We characterize the time-consistent solution and consider alternative solutions based on a simple tax rule. We demonstrate the existence and the uniqueness of the time-consistent solution using a log-linear utility function. We provide numerical comparisons between time-consistent and time-inconsistent linear taxation: the importance of being able to make commitment decreases when the differences between individuals increase. Copyright 2002, Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 54 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
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- Michel, P. & Paul, T., 1998. "Time-Consistent Linear Taxation and Redistribution in an Overlapping-Generations Framework," G.R.E.Q.A.M. 98a17, Universite Aix-Marseille III.
- H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
- H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
- H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General
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