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The Game Form Approach to Redistribution


  • Schroyen, Fred


This paper reviews the game form approach to redistributive policies. This approach provides a justification for studying tax systems as good institutional arrangements for reallocating resources in a heterogeneous society. After situating the problem of asymmetric information for public policy, the paper provides a short overview of the main concepts and results in implementation theory. Next, these tools are used to inquire about the possibility to decentralise the reallocation of resources in a production economy with the help of tax/transfer systems. Finally, the paper deals with some recent extensions of the theory. A simple example is used throughout to illustrate the different results. Copyright 1997 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd

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  • Schroyen, Fred, 1997. " The Game Form Approach to Redistribution," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 11(2), pages 191-219, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jecsur:v:11:y:1997:i:2:p:191-219

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