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Separability and public finance

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  • Stéphane Gauthier

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and Paris School of Economics)

  • Guy Laroque

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Sciences Po, Paris and University College London)

Abstract

In a second best environment, the optimal policy choice sometimes follows the first best rules. This note lays down the information structure and separability assumptions under which this property holds in a variety of setups.

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  • Stéphane Gauthier & Guy Laroque, 2008. "Separability and public finance," IFS Working Papers W08/07, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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    Keywords

    separability; second best optimality; indirect taxes; Samuelson rule; Pigovian taxation;
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    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government

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