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Indirect Taxation is Superfluous under Separability and Taste Homogeneity : A Simple Proof

  • Guy Laroque

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Indirect taxation is of no use when nonlinear income taxation is available in aneconomy where everyone has the same taste for goods: an elementary proof ofthis result, due to Atkinson and Stiglitz (1976), is provided.

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Paper provided by Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique in its series Working Papers with number 2004-23.

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  1. Atkinson, A. B. & Stiglitz, J. E., 1976. "The design of tax structure: Direct versus indirect taxation," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 6(1-2), pages 55-75.
  2. J. A. Mirrlees, 1976. "Optimal Tax Theory: A Synthesis," Working papers 176, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
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