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Separability and public finance

  • Stéphane Gauthier

    (CREST - Centre de Recherche en Économie et Statistique - INSEE - École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Économique)

  • Guy Laroque

    (IFS - Laboratory of the Institute for Fiscal Studies - Institute for Fiscal Studies, Department of Economics - University College London)

In a second best environment, the optimal policy choice sometimes follows first best rules, as described in a number of scattered works. This paper presents a formal general argument which allows to unify much of the literature. It lays down the information structure and separability assumptions under which the results hold in a variety of setups, with extensions to preference heterogeneity and individual production sets

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Publication status: Published, Journal of Public Economics, 2009, 93, 11-12, 1168-1174
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