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Selection Filters, Redistributive Taxation and Overconfidence

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  • Kai A. Konrad
  • Amedeo Spadaro

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Education can be a filter that solves an assignment problem. We consider what this implies for redistributive taxation in the political process. First we assume that all individuals have undistorted expectations about their abilities. Then we analyse populations in which some group of workers is overly confident. The overconfident are more successful, but enjoy lower utility. Just confident workers benefit from overly confident workers. Also, the preferences of just confident workers for redistribution do not necessarily exceed those of overconfident workers.

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  • Kai A. Konrad & Amedeo Spadaro, 2003. "Selection Filters, Redistributive Taxation and Overconfidence," DELTA Working Papers 2003-22, DELTA (Ecole normale supérieure).
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    1. Tuomala, Matti, 1990. "Optimal Income Tax and Redistribution," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198286059.
    2. Richard Blundell & Pierre-Andre Chiappori & Thierry Magnac & Costas Meghir, 2007. "Collective Labour Supply: Heterogeneity and Non-Participation," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 74(2), pages 417-445.
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