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Majority support for progressive income taxation with corner preferences

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  • DE DONDER, Philippe
  • HINDRIKS, Jean

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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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  • DE DONDER, Philippe & HINDRIKS, Jean, 2003. "Majority support for progressive income taxation with corner preferences," CORE Discussion Papers 2003002, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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    1. Daniel R. Carroll, 2013. "The demand for income tax progressivity in the growth model," Working Paper 1106, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
    2. Soumyanetra Munshi, 2011. "On existence of pure strategy equilibrium with endogenous income," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 37(1), pages 1-37, June.

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    Keywords

    ma jority voting; income taxation; tax progressivity;

    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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