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Optimal observability in a linear income tax

  • Slemrod, Joel
  • Traxler, Christian

We study the optimal observability of the tax base within the standard linear income tax problem, where observability is determined by the government's investment into the accurate measurement of the tax base.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 108 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 105-108

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