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The impact of changing skill levels on optimal nonlinear income taxes

  • Brett, Craig
  • Weymark, John A.

The impact of changing an individual's skill level on the solution to a finite population version of the Mirrlees optimal nonlinear income tax problem with quasilinear-in-leisure preferences is investigated. It is shown that it is possible to sign the directions of change in everyone's optimal consumptions and optimal marginal tax rates in response to such a change.

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Volume (Year): 92 (2008)
Issue (Month): 7 (July)
Pages: 1765-1771

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