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Taxation as a social choice problem : The scope of the Laffer argument

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  • Guesnerie, Roger
  • Jerison, Michael

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This paper studies the form of the tax equilibrium set in simple Diamond-Mirrlees models and characterizes the corresponding Laffer curves. The curves need not ever slope downward and can have multiple local maxima. Local information about them is thus not sufficient to place restrictions on optimal choice among tax systems. In this simple framework, the problem of choice among tax systems is shown to have no more structure than an abstract social choice problem
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  • Guesnerie, Roger & Jerison, Michael, 1991. "Taxation as a social choice problem : The scope of the Laffer argument," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 44(1), pages 37-63, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:44:y:1991:i:1:p:37-63
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    1. Zsolt Becsi, 2000. "The shifty Laffer curve," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, issue Q3, pages 53-64.
    2. Guesnerie, R., 1995. "The genealogy of modern theoretical public economics: From first best to second best," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 39(3-4), pages 353-381, April.
    3. Alan Krause, 2009. "A general equilibrium analysis of the Laffer argument," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 33(4), pages 601-615, November.
    4. Alan Krause, 2007. "A Tax Reform Analysis of the Laffer Argument," Discussion Papers 07/10, Department of Economics, University of York.
    5. Zsolt Becsi, 2002. "Public Spending, Transfers, and the Laffer Curve," Departmental Working Papers 2002-05, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University.

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