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From Optimal Tax Theory to Applied Tax Policy

  • Bas Jacobs
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    This paper aims to provide a perspective on the ideal tax system using insights from optimal-tax theory supplemented with empirical evidence. These insights are applied to actual policy questions regarding the progressiveness of the labor income tax, in-work tax credits, the design of the capital income tax, the taxation of housing and pensions, the role of indirect taxes, optimal environmental taxes, and corrective taxes on alcohol and tobacco.

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    Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 4151.

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    Date of creation: 2013
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