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Progressivity, Inequality Reduction, and Merging-Proofness in Taxation

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  • Biung-Ghi Ju

    (Department of Economics, The University of Kansas)

  • Juan D. Moreno-Ternero

    (CORE, Universite Catholique de Louvain)

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Progressivity, inequality reduction and merging-proofness are three well-known axioms in taxation. We investigate implications of each of the three axioms through characterizations of several families of taxation rules and their logical relations. We also study the preservation of these axioms under two operators on taxation rules, the so-called convexity operator and minimal-burden operator, which give intuitive procedures of determining a tax schedules.

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  • Biung-Ghi Ju & Juan D. Moreno-Ternero, 2006. "Progressivity, Inequality Reduction, and Merging-Proofness in Taxation," WORKING PAPERS SERIES IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS 200603, University of Kansas, Department of Economics, revised Feb 2006.
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    1. Yoichi Kasajima & Rodrigo Velez, 2011. "Reflecting inequality of claims in gains and losses," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 46(2), pages 283-295, February.

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    taxation; progressivity; inequality reduction; merging-proofness; convexity operator; minimal-burden operator.;

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