Optimal Tax Policy and Wage Subsidy in an Imperfectly Competitive Economy
AbstractIn an imperfectly competitive economy with direct and indirect taxes, the first best wage subsidy overcompensates workers and provides the incentive to misreport working hours. We show that in the second best optimum where the government cannot use a wage subsidy, the optimal policy is to tax labour income at a zero rate. This policy is optimal because it minimizes the incentive to misreport working hours.
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Optimal Taxation; Ramsey Problem; Wage Subsidy;
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