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Using the Discrete Model to Derive Optimal Income Tax Rates

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  • Bastani, Spencer

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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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  • Bastani, Spencer, 2013. "Using the Discrete Model to Derive Optimal Income Tax Rates," Working Paper Series, Center for Fiscal Studies 2013:11, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:uufswp:2013_011
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    1. Spencer Bastani & Laurent Simula, 2014. "Commentaires. Évaluer les limites à la redistribution : approches partielles ou approche globale ?," Économie et Statistique, Programme National Persée, vol. 467(1), pages 163-171.

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    Keywords

    optimal income taxation; simulations; computational methods;

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    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies

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