Applying perturbation analysis to dynamic optimal tax problems
AbstractThis paper shows how to derive a complete set of optimality conditions characterising the solution to a dynamic optimal income tax problem in the spirit of Mirrlees (1971), under the assumption that a 'first-order' approach to incentive compatibility is valid.� The method relies on constructing perturbations to the consumption-output allocations of agents in a manner that preserves incentive compatibility for movements in both directions along the specified dimension.� We are able to use it to generalise the 'inverse Euler condition' to cases in which preferences are non-separable between consumption and labour supply, and to prove a number of novel results about optimal income and savings tax wedges.
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Date of creation: 01 Nov 2011
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New Dynamic Public Finance; First-order approach; Non-separable preferences; Inverse Euler condition;
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- H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-11-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-DGE-2011-11-28 (Dynamic General Equilibrium)
- NEP-PUB-2011-11-28 (Public Finance)
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