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Taxation, Inequality and the Allocation of Talent

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  • Bergman, Malin

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

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    This paper examines the implications of income redistribution on human capital accumulation and income inequality, presenting a model where human capital investment is indivisible and agents differ in economic opportunity as well as intellectual ability. It is shown that the impact of redistribution is ambiguous on the income distribution as well as on human capital accumulation. In particular, while redistributive policy is likely to be successful both in terms of efficiency and equity in low-tax societies, it may be highly detrimental in both respects if the rate of redistribution is already moderate or high.

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    Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 522.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: 14 Mar 2003
    Date of revision: 11 Apr 2003
    Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0522

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    Keywords: human capital; talent; efficiency; equity; redistributive taxation;

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    1. Solimano, Andres, 2006. "The International Mobility of Talent and its Impact on Global Development," Working Paper Series DP2006/08, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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