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Bequest Taxation, allocation of talents, education and efficiency

  • Stefano STAFFOLANI

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    (Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, Dipartimento di Economia)

  • Enzo VALENTINI

    ([n.a.])

In this paper we analyze intergenerational mobility on education. After a brief empirical analysis of the influence of family background on educational attainment, we present a dynamic model where the decisions concerning education may be financially constrained. Therefore, people who get higher educational levels are not necessarily the most talented. This "misallocation effect" causes a reduction in the efficiency of the economic system. We show that a proportional bequest taxation, whose yield is redistributed among all "youths", increases efficiency.

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Paper provided by Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali in its series Working Papers with number 248.

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