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Bling Bling Taxation and the Fiscal Virtues of Hip Hop


  • Engström, Per

    () (Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies)


The paper extends Ng’s (1987) model of optimal taxation of diamond goods — goods that are valued solely for their costliness. We extend his findings by analyzing how other goods should be taxed in the presence of pure diamond goods; modified Ramsey rules are derived in a basic single-type model as well as in a two-type model with redistribution. One key finding, that may be surprising and rather provoking, is that close complements (hip hop music) to diamond goods (bling bling) should be heavily subsidized.

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  • Engström, Per, 2010. "Bling Bling Taxation and the Fiscal Virtues of Hip Hop," Working Paper Series, Center for Fiscal Studies 2010:7, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:uufswp:2010_007

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    optimal taxation; status; luxury taxation;

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    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation

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