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Optimal Age-Specific Income Taxation

  • JEAN-MARIE LOZACHMEUR

This paper studies optimal earnings taxation in a three-period life-cycle model where taxes can be differentiated according to age. Agents choose their level of education when young and their retirement age when old. I study the problem both without and with borrowing constraints. It is shown that, without borrowing constraints, a first-best optimum can be decentralized by setting a zero tax rate in the third period and a first-period tax lower than the second-period one. With borrowing constraints, the first best can no longer be achieved. The gap between the first- and second-period tax rates is larger, while the third-period tax rate is generally different from zero. Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing, Inc..

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Volume (Year): 8 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 697-711

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