Dynamic Income Taxation without Commitment: Comparing Alternative Tax Systems
AbstractThis paper addresses the question as to whether it is optimal to use separating or pooling nonlinear income taxation, or to use linear income taxation, when the government cannot commit to its future tax policy. We consider both two-period and infinite-horizon settings. Under empirically plausible parameter values, separating income taxation is optimal in the two-period model, whereas linear income taxation is optimal when the time horizon is infinite. The welfare effects of varying the discount rate, the degree of wage inequality, and the population of high-skill workers are also explored. For realistic changes in these parameters, separating income taxation remains optimal in the two-period formulation, and linear income taxation remains optimal in the infinite-horizon model.
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- Jang-Ting Guo & Alan Krause, 2010. "Dynamic Income Taxation without Commitment: Comparing Alternative Tax Systems," Working Papers 201005, University of California at Riverside, Department of Economics, revised Jun 2010.
- H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
- H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
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- NEP-ACC-2010-07-10 (Accounting & Auditing)
- NEP-ALL-2010-07-10 (All new papers)
- NEP-DGE-2010-07-10 (Dynamic General Equilibrium)
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- Jang‐Ting Guo & Alan Krause, 2011.
"Optimal Nonlinear Income Taxation with Habit Formation,"
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Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 13(3), pages 463-480, 06.
- Jang-Ting Guo & Alan Krause, 2008. "Optimal Nonlinear Income Taxation with Habit Formation," Working Papers 200810, University of California at Riverside, Department of Economics, revised Aug 2008.
- Jang-Ting Guo & Alan Krause, 2010. "Optimal Dynamic Nonlinear Income Taxation under Loose Commitment," Discussion Papers 10/23, Department of Economics, University of York.
- Jang-Ting Guo & Alan Krause, . "Dynamic Nonlinear Income Taxation with Quasi-Hyperbolic Discounting and No Commitment," Discussion Papers 11/16, Department of Economics, University of York.
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