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Majority support for progressive income taxation with corner preferences

  • DE DONDER, Philippe
  • HINDRIKS, Jean

This paper studies voting over quadratic taxation when income is fixed and taxation non distortionary. The set of feasible taxes is compact and self-interested voters have corner preferences. We first show that, if a majority winning tax policy exists, it involves maximum progressivity. We then give a necessary and sufficient condition on the income distribution for a majority winner to exist. This condition appears to be satisfied for a large class of distribution functions.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2003002.

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Date of creation: 00 Jan 2003
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2003002
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