IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/taf/jeduce/v40y2009i1p55-67.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Self-Selection, Optimal Income Taxation, and Redistribution

Author

Listed:
  • J. Atsu Amegashie

Abstract

The author makes a pedagogical contribution to optimal income taxation. Using a very simple model adapted from George A. Akerlof (1978), he demonstrates a key result in the approach to public economics and welfare economics pioneered by Nobel laureate James Mirrlees. He shows how incomplete information, in addition to the need to preserve incentives, acts as a limit to a government's redistributive power. The model and technical analysis allow easy handling of three self-selection constraints in a manner that is accessible to students with knowledge of only intermediate microeconomics and elementary algebra. The diagrammatic exposition allows him to present interesting and insightful results.

Suggested Citation

  • J. Atsu Amegashie, 2009. "Self-Selection, Optimal Income Taxation, and Redistribution," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(1), pages 55-67, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:40:y:2009:i:1:p:55-67
    DOI: 10.3200/JECE.40.1.055-067
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10.3200/JECE.40.1.055-067
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    More about this item

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:40:y:2009:i:1:p:55-67. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Chris Longhurst). General contact details of provider: http://www.tandfonline.com/VECE20 .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.