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Optimal Taxation, Global Externalities and Labor Mobility

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  • Aronsson, Thomas

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

  • Blomquist, Sören

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    (Department of Economics)

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This paper addresses transboundary environmental problems in the context of an optimal tax problem, when part of the labor force is mobile across countries. The policy instruments include both commodity taxation and nonlinear income taxation. We show how the tax policy in a noncooperative equilibrium differs from that corresponding to a cooperative equilibrium. The results also indicate how a 'global policy maker' must act in order to make the national policy makers replicate the cooperative equilibrium.

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Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 544.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 01 Dec 2000
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0544

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Keywords: Transboundary externalities; fiscal federalism; optimal taxation;

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  1. Thomas Aronsson Aronsson & Thomas Jonsson & Tomas Sjögren, 2006. "Environmental Policy and Optimal Taxation in a Decentralized Economic Federation," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 62(3), pages 437-454, September.
  2. Pavel Ciaian, 2007. "Land Reform and Productivity Gains with Multiple Market Imperfections," EERI Research Paper Series EERI_RP_2007_01, Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels.
  3. Juan Carlos Bárcena-Ruiz & María Begona Garzón, 2009. "Environmental Taxes and Wage Setting Structure," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2009(4), pages 353-365.
  4. Linda Sahlén & Thomas Aronsson & Kenneth Backlund, 2006. "Technology Transfers and the Clean Development Mechanism in a North-South General Equilibrium Model," Working Papers 2006.145, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  5. Květa Kubátová, 2009. "Optimal Taxation – Review of Theory," Český finanční a účetní časopis, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2009(3), pages 24-36.
  6. Backlund, Kenneth & Sjögren, Tomas & Stage, Jesper, 2008. "Optimal Tax and Expenditure Policy in the Presence of Migration - Are Credit Restrictions Important?," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 749, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  7. Aronsson, Thomas & Backlund, Kenneth & Sahlén, Linda, 2010. "Technology transfers and the clean development mechanism in a North-South general equilibrium model," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(3), pages 292-309, August.
  8. Aronsson, Thomas & Sjögren, Tomas, 2005. "Externalities, Border Trade and Illegal Production: An Optimal Tax Approach to Alcohol Policy," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 654, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  9. Aronsson, Thomas, 2007. "When the Joneses’ Consumption Hurts: Optimal Income Taxation and Public Good Provision in an OLG Model," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 711, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  10. Aronsson, Thomas & Persson, Lars & Sjögren, Tomas, 2005. "Environmental Policy and Product Specialization," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 653, Umeå University, Department of Economics.

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