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Optimal Combinations of Income Tax and Subsidies for Education

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    Nielsen and Sørensen (1997) find that progressive taxation of labour income is optimal when capital income is taxed. This paper shows that their main result still holds when introducing endogenous choice of occupation, individuals with non- pecuniary preferences for one type of occupation, and tuition fees into the model, provided the subsidy rate for tuition in the high skill occupation is not too low. However, a new result in this paper state that efficiency can be reached when labour income tax is proportional and capital income is taxed, provided that the rates of subsidies for tuition are lower than the labour income tax rate.

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    Paper provided by Research Department of Statistics Norway in its series Discussion Papers with number 313.

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    Date of creation: Dec 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:ssb:dispap:313

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    Keywords: Optimal income taxation; Human capital investments; Subsidies for tuition; Skill formation;

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    1. Nerlove, Marc & Razin, Assaf & Sadka, Efraim & von Weizsacker, Robert K., 1993. "Comprehensive income taxation, investments in human and physical capital, and productivity," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 50(3), pages 397-406, March.
    2. Heckman, James J, 1976. "A Life-Cycle Model of Earnings, Learning, and Consumption," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 84(4), pages S11-44, August.
    3. Nielsen, Soren Bo & Sorensen, Peter Birch, 1997. "On the optimality of the Nordic system of dual income taxation," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(3), pages 311-329, February.
    4. E. John Driffill & Harvey S. Rosen, 1984. "Taxation and Excess Burden: A Life-Cycle Perspective," NBER Working Papers 0698, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Geir Haakon Bjertnæs, 2005. "Income Taxation, Tuition Subsidies, and Choice of Occupation: Implications for Production Efficiency," CESifo Working Paper Series 1627, CESifo Group Munich.

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