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Redistributive Taxation and Social Insurance

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  • CREMER, Helmuth

    (GREMAQ and IDEI, Université de Toulouse)

  • PESTIEAU, Pierre

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    (CREPP, Université de Liège, CORE, Université catholique de Louvain and Université Paris X)

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This paper studies the role of social insurance as a redistributive mechanism in presence of an optimal (linear or general) income tax. It considers a second-best setting with two unobservable individual characteristics: ability, measured by the wage rate and risk, measured by the probability of incurring a loss. It shows that both tax progressivity and the optimal level of social insurance crucially depend on the correlation between ability and risk.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 1995054.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 1995
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:1995054

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  1. Joseph E. Stiglitz, 1981. "Self-Selection and Pareto Efficient Taxation," NBER Working Papers 0632, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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