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The signaling effect of tax policy

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  • Barigozzi, Francesca
  • Villeneuve, Bertrand

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The paper focuses on the signaling value of a tax when agents are less informed than the government on the effect of their consumption. The policy making process is analyzed as a game in which the government wants to influence consumers' behaviors through tax policy, consumers being rational and Bayesian. The marginal cost of public funds induces the government to provide biased information to pursue budgetary objectives. We analyze the tax distortion that is required for credibility.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/5402.

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Date of creation: Oct 2006
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Publication status: Published in Journal of public economic theory, 2006, Vol. 8, no. 4. pp. 611-630.Length: 19 pages
Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/5402

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Keywords: tax policy; marginal cost of public funds; information bias; signaling;

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