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Optimal educational choice and redistribution when cultural background matters

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Higher education plays an important role in determining lifetime earnings. In turn, the decision to become educated depends to a large extent on family characteristics, such as wealth and cultural background. In this paper, we focus on the interaction between fiscal policies and educational choices when cultural background matters. We derive optimality conditions for a linear income tax and a lump-sum subsidy for education in a dynamic framework in which generations are linked by cultural background. The factors that determine their sign and magnitude include concerns for redistribution, efficiency, and the educational externality on future generations

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Paper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 59.

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Date of creation: 01 Jun 2001
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Publication status: Published in Oxford Economic Papers 2002, vol. 54, pages 435-448
Handle: RePEc:sef:csefwp:59

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Keywords: Optimal linear income tax; Subsidies; Higher education; Educational background;

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