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Majority Support for Progressive Income Taxation with Corner Preferences

  • 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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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 118 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3_4 (03)
Pages: 437-449

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