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Recent Advances in Optimal Income Taxation

  • Robin Boadway

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    (Queen’s University)

This paper reviews recent contributions to the theory of optimal taxation, particularly those that are policy-relevant. These include refinements of the Mirrlees optimal income tax model, optimal redistribution when workers make labour decisions along the extensive margin, generalizations of the atkinson-Stiglitz and deaton Theorems on uniform commodity taxation, the implications of involuntary unemployment for redistribution and unemployment insurance, dynamic optimal taxation and the taxation of capital income, non-tax instruments for redistribution, and problems arising if preferences are heterogeneous.

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Article provided by IEF in its journal Hacienda Pública Española/Review of Public Economics.

Volume (Year): 200 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 15-39

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