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Recent Advances in Optimal Income Taxation

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  • Robin Boadway

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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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  • Robin Boadway, 2012. "Recent Advances in Optimal Income Taxation," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 200(1), pages 15-39, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:hpe:journl:y:2012:v:200:i:1:p:15-39
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    1. Xi CHEN & Ioana SALAGEAN & Benteng ZOU, 2016. "Optimal Income Taxation for the Alleviation of Working-Poverty When Domestic Work is Rewarded," CREA Discussion Paper Series 16-01, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.
    2. Carlos Díaz Caro & Jorge Onrubia Fernández & Jesús Pérez Mayo, 2013. "Progresividad y redistribución por fuentes de renta en el IRPF dual," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 206(3), pages 57-87, September.
    3. John T. Revesz, 2014. "A Numerical Model of Optimal Differentiated Indirect Taxation," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 211(4), pages 9-66, December.

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    Keywords

    Optimal Taxation; Intensive Margin; Extensive Margin;

    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies

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