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Majority Support for Progressive Income Taxation with Corner Preferences

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  • Philippe De Donder

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  • Jean Hindriks

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This paper studies voting over quadratic taxation when income is fixed and taxation non distortionary. The set of feasible taxes is compact and self-interested voters have corner preferences. We first show that, if a majority winning tax policy exists, it involves maximum progressivity. We then give a necessary and sufficient condition on the income distribution for a majority winner to exist. This condition appears to be satisfied for a large class of distribution functions.

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  • Philippe De Donder & Jean Hindriks, 2004. "Majority Support for Progressive Income Taxation with Corner Preferences," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 118(3_4), pages 437-449, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:118:y:2004:i:3_4:p:437-449
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    1. Soumyanetra Munshi, 2011. "On existence of pure strategy equilibrium with endogenous income," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 37(1), pages 1-37, June.
    2. Daniel R. Carroll, 2013. "The demand for income tax progressivity in the growth model," Working Paper 1106, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

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    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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