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Voting over Taxes and Expenditure: The Role of Home Production

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  • John Creedy
  • Solmaz Moslehi

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This paper investigates, first, how allowance for subsistence activities, or home production, affects the standard results in models involving the majority choice of the tax rate in a flat tax—basic income scheme. The paper extends the analysis of home production to choices regarding the composition of government expenditure, in situations where there is a tax-financed pure public good in addition to a transfer payment, conditional on a given tax rate. The effect of home production is to reduce the transfer payment in each model, but the effect is small.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 1052.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:1052

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