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Income Stratifcation in Multi-Community Models

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  • Kurt Schmidheiny

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This paper presents necessary conditions for stratification of the population in multi-community models with housing markets and heterogeneous households. The conditions for the sorting of the population according to income classes or other dimensions of heterogeneity are established without explicitly describing the household utility function and budget constraint. They therefore apply to a broad class of models, including models with income taxation and property taxation. The stratification conditions in the existing literature are surveyed using a common framework and a series of new and less specific models are proposed. The analysis suggests that in models with income taxation, stratification can often only be established under very specific assumptions on the household's preferences. Furthermore, stratification cannot be ensured with progressive or regressive tax schemes.

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Paper provided by Universitaet Bern, Departement Volkswirtschaft in its series Diskussionsschriften with number dp0215.

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Cited by:
  1. Kurt Schmidheiny, 2004. "Income Segregation and Local Progressive Taxation: Empirical Evidence from Switzerland," CESifo Working Paper Series 1313, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Christoph A. Schaltegger & Frank Somogyi & Jan-Egbert Sturm, 2009. "Tax Competition and Income Sorting: Evidence from the Zurich Metropolitan Area," CESifo Working Paper Series 2824, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Kurt Schmidheiny, 2002. "Equilibrium and Stratification with Local Income Taxation when Households Differ in both Preferences and Incomes," Diskussionsschriften dp0216, Universitaet Bern, Departement Volkswirtschaft.
  4. Francisco Martínez Mora, 2004. "Opting-out and income mixing in urban economies:the role of neighborhood effects," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2004/67, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.
  5. Schmidheiny, Kurt, 2006. "Income segregation from local income taxation when households differ in both preferences and incomes," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 270-299, March.

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