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Nonlinear Income Taxes and the Utility Possibility Set

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This article analyzes constrained Pareto efficient nonlinear income tax schedules that are monotonic chains to the left. It is demonstrated that as long as all individuals have a positive consumption at the tax schedule that maximizes the utility of the worst-off individual, the constrained utility possibility set is convex. As a consequence, all constrained Pareto efficient nonlinear income tax schedules that are monotonic chains to the left can be identified by maximizing a weighted summation of net utilities.

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  • Andersson, Tommy, 2005. "Nonlinear Income Taxes and the Utility Possibility Set," Working Papers 2005:20, Lund University, Department of Economics, revised 28 Sep 2006.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2005_020
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    1. Weymark, John A, 1987. "Comparative Static Properties of Optimal Nonlinear Income Taxes," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 55(5), pages 1165-1185, September.
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    Keywords

    Nonlinear income taxation; Utility possibility set; Convexity;

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    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation

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