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Bling bling taxation and the fiscal virtues of hip hop

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The paper extends Ng’s (1987) model of optimal taxation of diamond goods — goods that are valued solely for their costliness. We extend his findings by analyzing how other goods should be taxed in the presence of pure diamond goods; modified Ramsey rules are derived in a basic single-type model as well as in a two-type model with redistribution. One key finding, that may be surprising and rather provoking, is that close complements (hip hop music) to diamond goods (bling bling) should be heavily subsidized.
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  • Per Engström, 2011. "Bling bling taxation and the fiscal virtues of hip hop," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 37(1), pages 139-147, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:37:y:2011:i:1:p:139-147
    DOI: 10.1007/s00355-010-0485-2
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    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation

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