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On the Desirability of Taxing Charitable Contributions

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  • Tomer Blumkin
  • Efraim Sadka

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We develop a model that allows for public goods and status signaling through charitable contributions. This model provides a unified framework in which contributions are driven both by altruism and status signaling. We use this setup to re-examine the conventional practice of rendering a favorable tax treatment to charitable contributions.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1900.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1900

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Keywords: optimal taxation; re-distribution; charitable contributions; inequality;

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  1. Blumkin, Tomer & Sadka, Efraim, 2007. "A case for taxing charitable donations," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 91(7-8), pages 1555-1564, August.
  2. Polborn Mattias K, 2008. "Competing for Recognition through Public Good Provision," The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 8(1), pages 1-25, September.

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