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Yet Another Reason to Tax Goods

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  • Carlos E da Costa

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In this article we write a two period taxation model where: \QTR{it}{i)} private information changes through time; \QTR{it}{ii)} savings choices by an agent that are not observed, \QTR{it}{iii)} affect preferences conditional on the realization of types. The simultaneous appearance of these three elements cause optimal commodity tax to depend on off-equilibrium levels of savings. As a consequence, separability no longer suffices for the uniform taxation prescription of Atkinson and Stiglitz to obtain. In what regards capital income taxation we show that, in the most 'natural' cases, return on capital ought to be taxed

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society 2004 Latin American Meetings with number 52.

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Keywords: Optimal Taxation; Non-observable savings; Dynamic Agency.;

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  1. Costa, Carlos Eugênio da & Maestri, Lucas Jóver, 2004. "The risk-properties of human capital and the design of government policies," Economics Working Papers (Ensaios Economicos da EPGE) 554, FGV/EPGE Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).
  2. Tsyvinski, A. & Golosov, M., 2004. "Optimal Taxation with Endogenous Insurance Markets," 2004 Meeting Papers 124, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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