Taxation, Inequality and the Allocation of Talent
AbstractThis 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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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 14 Mar 2003
Date of revision: 11 Apr 2003
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human capital; talent; efficiency; equity; redistributive taxation;
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- H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
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