Comparing Elasticities-Based Optimal Income Tax Formulas
This paper compares two explicit elasticities-based formulas for the income tax model of Mirrlees (1971)--one by Revesz (1989); the other by Saez (2001). The two formulas are very similar, but there are two minor differences. Analysis of these formulas can contribute to a better understanding of the difficulties in working out a precise solution for the non-linear income tax model, which is a unique variational problem with a circular argument, because the argument of the (tax) function to be optimized (income) is an endogenous variable, dependent on the optimal function itself.
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Volume (Year): 53 (1998)
Issue (Month): 3-4 ()
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