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Yet Another Reason to Tax Goods

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  • Costa, Carlos Eugênio da

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Golosov et al. (2003) have extended Atkinson and Stiglitz's uniform tax prescription to a dynamic Mirrlees' (1971) economy under the assumption that the government fully controls the agent's savings. When savings are not controlled by the government we show that the result is no longer valid: separability is not sufficient to guarantee that uniform taxes are optimal. If, beyond being separable, preferences over consumption bundles are quasi-homothetic, constrained efficiency of uniform taxes is restored. We also show that optimal taxes on the returns of capital are, in general, different from zero. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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Paper provided by FGV/EPGE Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil) in its series Economics Working Papers (Ensaios Economicos da EPGE) with number 596.

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  1. Tsyvinski, A. & Golosov, M., 2004. "Optimal Taxation with Endogenous Insurance Markets," 2004 Meeting Papers 124, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  2. 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).

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