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Well-Being, Poverty and Labor Income Taxation: Theory and Application to Europe and the U.S

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  • MANIQUET, François
  • NEUMANN, Dirk

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In a model in which agents differ in wages and preferences over labor time–consumption bundles, we study labor income tax schemes that alleviate poverty. To avoid conflict with individual well-being, we require redistribution to take place between agents on both sides of the poverty line provided they have the same labor time. This requirement is combined with efficiency and robustness properties. Maximizing the resulting social preferences under incentive compatibility constraints yields the following evaluation criterion: tax schemes should minimize the labor time required to reach the poverty line. We apply this criterion to European countries and the US.

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  • MANIQUET, François & NEUMANN, Dirk, 2016. "Well-Being, Poverty and Labor Income Taxation: Theory and Application to Europe and the U.S," CORE Discussion Papers 2016029, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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    1. Stéphane Gauthier & Taraneh Tabatabai, 2019. "How incentives matter? An illustration from the targeted subsidies reform in Iran," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 52(1), pages 97-125, January.

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    Keywords

    well-being; poverty; labor income taxation;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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