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A generalization of the Atkinson-Stiglitz (1976) theorem on the undesirability of nonuniform excise taxation

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The Atkinson-Stiglitz (1976) theorem on the undesirability of nonuniform excise taxation when all agents have homogeneous, separable preferences is extended to allow for nonseparability with respect to endogenous variables that will be subject to distortions.

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  • Hellwig, Martin F., 2010. "A generalization of the Atkinson-Stiglitz (1976) theorem on the undesirability of nonuniform excise taxation," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 108(2), pages 156-158, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:108:y:2010:i:2:p:156-158
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    1. Boadway, Robin & Song, Zhen, 2016. "Indirect taxes for redistribution: Should necessity goods be favored?," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(1), pages 64-88.
    2. Gauthier, Stéphane & Laroque, Guy, 2009. "Separability and public finance," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 93(11-12), pages 1168-1174, December.

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    Keywords

    Optimal taxation Atkinson-Stiglitz Theorem;

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    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation

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