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Using the Discrete Model to Derive Optimal Income Tax Rates

  • Bastani, Spencer

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    (Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies)

In this paper I perform numerical simulations of the discrete model of optimal income taxation employing a large number of taxpayer types. Moreover, I indicate how the results depend on the number of types used to represent the wage distribution. Finally, I compare simulations of the continuous and discrete optimal tax models under identical circumstances based on US wage data.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series, Center for Fiscal Studies with number 2013:11.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 02 Oct 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:uufswp:2013_011
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