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Fairness and Tax Policy: A Response to Mankiw's Proposed “Just Deserts”

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  • Jonathan Weinstein

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I further pursue the proposal of Mankiw to consider fairness or “Just Deserts” as the main guide to tax policy. I suggest very different policy conclusions. In particular, I point out some key assumptions that were left implicit in Mankiw's analysis, and question whether these hold in practice. I then suggest a different formal approach to determining a fair policy.

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  • Jonathan Weinstein, 2011. "Fairness and Tax Policy: A Response to Mankiw's Proposed “Just Deserts”," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan;Eastern Economic Association, vol. 37(3), pages 313-320.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:easeco:v:37:y:2011:i:3:p:313-320
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    1. Alexis Anagnostopoulos & Eva Carceles-Poveda & Yair Tauman, 2016. "Value Preserving Welfare Weights for Social Optimization Problems," Department of Economics Working Papers 16-06, Stony Brook University, Department of Economics.

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