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Wealth and Wealth Transfer Taxation: A Survey


  • Helmuth Cremer

    (Toulouse School of Economics (GREMAQ and IDEI)

  • Pierre Pestieau

    (CREPP, University of LIege and CORE)


This paper provides a survey of the theoretical literature on wealth and wealth transfer taxation. Both forms of taxation are highly controversial and we present arguments in favor and against them. We adopt a theoretical and normative perspective. Our approach is comprehensive in the sense that wealth taxation is discussed as part of an overall tax system, dominated by income and commodity taxation.We show that a crucial factor in designing the tax structure is the motive underlying wealth accumulation and transfers.

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  • Helmuth Cremer & Pierre Pestieau, 2010. "Wealth and Wealth Transfer Taxation: A Survey," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1017, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ays:ispwps:paper1017

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    1. Bastani, Spencer & Waldenström, Daniel, 2018. "How Should Capital Be Taxed? Theory and Evidence from Sweden," IZA Discussion Papers 11475, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    2. Sarah Kuypers & Francesco Figari & Gerlinde Verbist, "undated". "An assessment of wealth taxes in a joint income-wealth perspective," Working Papers 2006, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp.
    3. Spencer Bastani & Daniel Waldenström, 2018. "How should capital be taxed? The Swedish experience," World Inequality Lab Working Papers hal-02878153, HAL.
    4. Elinder, Mikael & Erixson, Oscar & Waldenström, Daniel, 2018. "Inheritance and wealth inequality: Evidence from population registers," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 165(C), pages 17-30.
    5. Bev Dahlby, 2012. "Reforming the Tax Mix in Canada," SPP Research Papers, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, vol. 5(14), April.

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    wealth taxation; inheritance taxation; capital income taxation;

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