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Optimal Tax-Transfer-Schemes under Partial Information

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  • Homburg, Stefan
  • Lohse, Tim

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According to a widely held belief, all who are able to work, should work . We consider this statement within a framework of non-linear taxation. The crucial differ-ence between our model and the standard model is that the government can distinguish between productive persons and the disabled. A general proposition regarding the design of tax-transfer-schemes under such partial information is derived. Moreover, it is shown that unemployment on the side of the productive poor may still be optimal.

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Paper provided by Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät in its series Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) with number dp-298.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: May 2004
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Keywords: Optimal Taxation; Employment; Poverty; Welfare;

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  1. Tim Lohse, 2006. "Zum optimalen Verhältnis von Sozialhilfe und Arbeitslosengeld II [zwei] : Themenschwerpunkt Arbeitslosengeld II [zwei]," ifo Dresden berichtet, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 13(02), pages 16-19, 04.
  2. Krimmer, Pascal & Raffelhüschen, Bernd, 2007. "Grundsicherung in Deutschland: Analyse und Reformbedarf," FZG Discussion Papers 14, Research Center for Generational Contracts (FZG), University of Freiburg.
  3. Sterner, Cornelia, 2010. "Ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen in Form der negativen Einkommensteuer: Eine soziologische und finanzwissenschaftliche Analyse
    [An unconditional basic income in the form of the negative income ta
    ," MPRA Paper 39703, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jun 2012.

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