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Collectively Incentive Compatible Tax Systems

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  • Felix Bierbrauer

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    (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn)

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    This paper assumes that individuals possess private information both about their abilities and about their valuation of a public good. Individuals can undertake collective actions on order to manipulate the tax system and the decision on public good provision. Consequently, an implementable scheme of taxation has to be collectively incentive compatible. If preferences are additively separable, then an implementable tax systems has the following properties: (i) tax payments do not depend on public goods preferences and (ii) there is no scope for a collective manipulation of public goods preferences. For a quasilinear economy, the optimal tax system is explicitly characterized.

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in its series Working Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods with number 2006_24.

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    Length: 37 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:mpg:wpaper:2006_24

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    Keywords: Optimal Taxation; Public Good Provision; Revelation of Preferences; Information Aggregation;

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