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Altruism and the Political Economy of Income Taxation

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I develop a model in which altruistic agents vote over quadratic income tax schedules. Agents have heterogeneous preferences and productivities, and the model incorporates the incentive effects of taxation. The main result of the paper establishes the existence of a self-confirming majority rule equilibrium in which agents' labor supply decisions are optimal given their tax liabilities and the tax policy is a majority rule equilibrium given the labor supply decisions. In equilibrium the actions by all agents confirm their expectations, but such expectations may be incorrect out of equilibrium. The model generates majority rule voting equilibria that involve progressive taxation. Copyright 2001 by Blackwell Publishing Inc.

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  • Kranich, Laurence, 2001. " Altruism and the Political Economy of Income Taxation," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 3(4), pages 455-469.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jpbect:v:3:y:2001:i:4:p:455-69
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    1. Joan Esteban & Laurence Kranich, 2003. "The Social Contracts with Endogenous Sentiments," Working Papers 71, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
    2. Roland Iwan Luttens & Marie-Anne Valfort, 2012. "Voting for Redistribution under Desert-Sensitive Altruism," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 114(3), pages 881-907, September.
    3. Joan Esteban & Laurence Kranich, "undated". "Redistributive Taxation With Endogenous Sentiments," Working Papers 33-02 Classification-JEL , Instituto de Estudios Fiscales.
    4. Philippe De Donder & Jean Hindriks, 2004. "Majority Support for Progressive Income Taxation with Corner Preferences," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 118(3_4), pages 437-449, March.
    5. Carbonell-Nicolau Oriol, 2009. "A Positive Theory of Income Taxation," The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 9(1), pages 1-49, July.
    6. Matteo Cervellati & Joan-Maria Esteban & Laurence Kranich, 2010. "Work Values, Endogenous Sentiments and Redistribution," Working Papers 434, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
    7. repec:pia:review:v:8:y:2017:i:1:n:1 is not listed on IDEAS
    8. Ikuho Kochi & Ra¨²l Alberto Ponce Rodr¨ªguez, 2016. "International Private Transfers and Optimal Tax Structure in Developing Economies," Review of Economics & Finance, Better Advances Press, Canada, vol. 6, pages 13-26, February.
    9. Cervellati, Matteo & Esteban, Joan & Kranich, Laurence, 2010. "Work values, endogenous sentiments redistribution," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 94(9-10), pages 612-627, October.

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