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Optimal Capital Income Taxation and Redistribution

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This paper studies the effects of agent heterogeneity on optimal capital income tax rates. In a two period model with arbitrarily many heterogeneous agents, we explicitly derive the welfare effects of taxation depending on the distribution of the agents' characteristics. In particular, we show that the sign of the optimal capital income tax rate depends not on the extent of inequality in goods endowments and productivities each by itself, but on a measure of inequality in their joint distribution.

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Paper provided by Post Graduate Programme "Allocation on Financial Markets", University of Mannheim in its series GK working paper series with number 1999-10.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Apr 1999
Date of revision: Apr 2000
Handle: RePEc:xrs:gkwopa:1999-10

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Keywords: Optimal taxation; capital income; heterogeneous agents; redistribution;

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  1. Cremer, Helmuth & Pestieau, Pierre & Rochet, Jean-Charles, 2003. "Capital income taxation when inherited wealth is not observable," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(11), pages 2475-2490, October.

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