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Subsidies versus public provision of private goods as instruments for redistibution

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  • BOADWAY, Robin

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    (Queen's University)

  • MARCHAND, Maurice

    ()
    (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) and Institut d'Administration et de Gestion (IAG), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain la Neuve, Belgium)

  • SATO, Motohiro

    (Queen's University)

Abstract

The literature on the use of differential commodity taxes/subsidies and that on quantity controls to supplement income taxation have developed separately from each other. The purpose of this paper is to combine these two strands in the standard framework of optimal non-linear income taxation. We start from a simple model in which there are two types of households, the government has access to both subsidy policy and public provision of a good substitutable with leisure, and households can supplement the publicly provided good from the market. We present conditions when optimal policy should involve a mix of these two instruments alongside income taxation or only one of them. We also consider alternative settings, including the extension to many types of households and the inability of households to supplement in-kind transfers.

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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 1997071.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 1997
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:1997071

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Keywords: in-kind transfers; subsidies; optimal income tax;

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  1. Robin Boadway & Katherine Cuff, 1999. "A Minimum Wage can be Welfare-Improving and Employment-Enhancing," Working Papers 980, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
  2. Sören Blomquist & Vidar Christiansen, 2003. "Is there a Case for Public Provision of Private Goods if Preferences are Heterogeneous? An Example with Day Care," CESifo Working Paper Series 938, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Anne Emblem, 2002. "Redistribution at the Hospital," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 367-378, August.
  4. Hanming Fang & Peter Norman, 2014. "Toward an efficiency rationale for the public provision of private goods," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 56(2), pages 375-408, June.
  5. Neil Buckley & Katherine Cuff & Jeremiah Hurley & Stuart Mestelman & Stephanie Thomas & David Cameron, 2013. "Support for Public Provision with Top-Up and Opt-Out: A Controlled Laboratory Experiment," Department of Economics Working Papers 2013-15, McMaster University.
  6. Elena Del Rey, 2001. "Economic Integration and Public Provision of Education," Empirica, Springer, vol. 28(2), pages 203-218, June.
  7. Hanming Fang & Peter Norman, 2008. "Toward an Efficiency Rationale for the Public Provision of Private Goods," 2008 Meeting Papers 1097, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  8. Hoel, Michael & Saether, Erik Magnus, 2003. "Public health care with waiting time: the role of supplementary private health care," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(4), pages 599-616, July.
  9. Robin Boadway, 1998. "Redistributing Smarter: Self-Selection, Targeting and Non-Conventional Policy Instruments," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 24(3), pages 365-369, September.
  10. Alessandro Balestrino, 2000. "Mixed Tax Systems and the Public Provision of Private Goods," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 7(4), pages 463-478, August.
  11. Zanola, Roberto, 2000. "Public goods versus publicly provided private goods in a two-class economy," POLIS Working Papers 12, Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS.
  12. Blomquist, Sören & Christiansen, Vidar, 2004. "Welfare Enhancing Marginal Tax Rates: The Case of Publicly Provided Day Care," Arbetsrapport 2004:6, Institute for Futures Studies.
  13. Petretto, Alessandro, 1999. "Optimal social health insurance with supplementary private insurance," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(6), pages 727-745, December.

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