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Income Redistribution and Risky Occupational Choices

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  • Poutvaara Panu

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I analyze the effect of linear taxation on discrete choices between risky occupations. In the basic model, two occupations differ in the magnitude of income risks, and citizens differ in their expected productivity in one of the occupations. I derive sufficient conditions under which income redistribution encourages a greater part of the population to choose the riskier occupation associated with higher expected income. The results are then generalized to an arbitrary number of groups of citizens facing an arbitrary number of discrete occupational choices belonging to the same linear distribution class.

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  • Poutvaara Panu, 2002. "Income Redistribution and Risky Occupational Choices," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 2(1), pages 1-19, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejeap:v:topics.2:y:2002:i:1:n:8
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    1. Vesa Kanniainen & Panu Poutvaara, 2007. "Imperfect Transmission of Tacit Knowledge and other Barriers to Entrepreneurship," CESifo Working Paper Series 2053, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Clemens, Christiane, 2004. "Entrepreneurship and Growth - An Overlapping Generations Approach -," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-304, Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakult├Ąt.

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