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Capital taxation and electoral accountability

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  • Toke S. Aidt
  • Francesco Magris

    (EPEE - Centre d'Etudes des Politiques Economiques - UEVE - Université d'Évry-Val-d'Essonne)

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This paper investigates the role of performance voting in solving the capital levy problem. In a representative democracy, voters can use elections to protect their property by holding politicians accountable for the tax policies they implement. We characterize the set of tax policies that can be sustained by symmetric performance standards and show when this set contains the second-best (Ramsey) tax policy. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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  • Toke S. Aidt & Francesco Magris, 2006. "Capital taxation and electoral accountability," Post-Print hal-02877993, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-02877993
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2005.06.007
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    Capital taxation; Performance voting; Time consistency;
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    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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