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Redistribution and Tax Evasion: an Asymmetric Information Approach

  • Silvia Platoni

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    (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

  • Francesco Timpano

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    (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

The article studies the optimal redistribution system, achieved by direct taxation, indirect taxation and public provision of the pseudo-necessary good, when individuals, who differ in productivity, can take hidden actions (tax evasion by moral hazard) and have hidden information (tax evasion by adverse selection). It proves that any Government willing to effectively reallocate resources among individuals has to undertake measures against tax evasion, i.e. to establish tax evasion fines.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2013
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Publication status: Published in Review of Economics, Month aaaa, pages nn1-nn2
Handle: RePEc:ctc:serie2:dises1394
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