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Optimal taxation, critical-level utilitarianism and economic growth

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  • Luca Spataro

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    (University of Pisa)

  • Thomas I. Renstroem

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    (Durham Business School)

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In this work we analyze the issue of taxation in an intertemporal economy with endogenous fertility under critical-level utilitarianism, both from a positive and normative standpoint. On the positive side we analyse the effects of a change in the tax on capital income and on the population size, both separately and in a policy aiming at maintaining per-capita debt constant. On the normative side, we characterize the first-best and second- best optimal tax structures both when labour supply is exogenous and endogenous.

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Paper provided by Durham University Business School in its series Working Papers with number 2010_06.

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Keywords: Taxation; endogenous fertility; critical level utilitarianism; population.;

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