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Social Welfare and Coercion in Public Finance

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  • Stanley L. Winer
  • George Tridimas
  • Walter Hettich

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This paper develops an expanded framework for social planning in which the existence of coercion is explicitly acknowledged. Key issues concern the precise definition of coercion for individuals and in the aggregate, its difference from redistribution, and its incorporation into normative analysis. We explore modifications to traditional rules for optimal fiscal policy in the presence of coercion constraints and determine the degree of coercion implied by traditional social planning. The paper maps the trade-off between social welfare and aggregate coercion and explores its implications for normative policy and the comparative evaluation of institutions, including competitive democracy.

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  • Stanley L. Winer & George Tridimas & Walter Hettich, 2008. "Social Welfare and Coercion in Public Finance," CESifo Working Paper Series 2482, CESifo Group Munich.
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    Cited by:

    1. Elena Cettolin & Arno Riedl, 2011. "Partial Coercion, Conditional Cooperation, and Self-Commitment in Voluntary Contributions to Public Goods," CESifo Working Paper Series 3556, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Stanley L. Winer, 2016. "The Political Economy of Taxation: Power, Structure, Redistribution," Carleton Economic Papers 16-15, Carleton University, Department of Economics.
    3. Beat Hintermann & Thomas F. Rutherford, 2014. "Social Planning and Economic Coercion," CESifo Working Paper Series 5044, CESifo Group Munich.

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    Keywords

    coercion; redistribution; social planning; optimal fiscal policy; marginal cost of funds; public goods; collective choice;

    JEL classification:

    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • H10 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - General
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation

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