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Public Goods, Self-Selection and Optimal Income Taxation

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  • Boadway, Robin
  • Keen, Michael

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Using the self-selection approach to tax analysis, this paper derives a modified Samuelson Rule for the provision of public goods when the government deploys an optimal nonlinear income tax. This approach gives a straightforward interpretation of the central result in this area, generalizes it, and provides a simple characterization of optimal policy in a wide range of circumstances. The analysis also emphasizes and clarifies the significance of the choice of numeraire for the optimality of "decentralizing" public spending decisions. Copyright 1993 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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  • Boadway, Robin & Keen, Michael, 1993. "Public Goods, Self-Selection and Optimal Income Taxation," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 34(3), pages 463-478, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:34:y:1993:i:3:p:463-78
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