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Agency in Family Policy: A Survey

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  • Alessandro Cigno

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Given that young children are under the control of their parents, if the government has an interest in either the welfare or the productivity of the former, it has no option but to act through the latter. Parents are, in the ordinary sense of the word, the government’s agents. They are agents also in the sense of Principal-Agent theory if the parental action of concern to the government is private information. This throws doubt on some established optimal-taxation results, and gives rise to some new ones.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2664.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Keywords: optimal taxation; optimal family allowances; hidden ability to raise children; hidden educational investments; endogenous and exogenous fertility;

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  1. Alessandro Balestrino & Alessandro Cigno & Anna Pettini, 2002. "Endogenous Fertility and the Design of Family Taxation," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, Springer, vol. 9(2), pages 175-193, March.
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  1. Michael Funke & Marc Gronwald, 2009. "A Convex Hull Approach to Counterfactual Analysis of Trade Openness and Growth," CESifo Working Paper Series 2692, CESifo Group Munich.

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