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Optimal Taxation under Regional Inequality

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  • Sebastian G. Kessing

    (University of Siegen)

  • Vilen Lipatov

    (Compass Lexecon Brussels)

  • J. Malte Zoubek

    (University of Siegen)

Abstract

We study how regional productivity differences and labor mobility shape optimal Mirrleesian tax-transfer schemes. When tax schedules are not allowed to differ across regions, productivity-enhancing inter-regional migration exerts a downward pressure on optimal marginal tax rates. When regionally differentiated taxation is allowed, marginal tax rates in high-(low-)productivity regions should be corrected downwards (upwards) relative to the benchmark without migration. Simulations of the productivity differences between metropolitan and other areas of the US indicate that migration affects the optimal tax-transfer schedule more strongly in the regionally differentiated rather than in the undifferentiated case.

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  • Sebastian G. Kessing & Vilen Lipatov & J. Malte Zoubek, 2020. "Optimal Taxation under Regional Inequality," MAGKS Papers on Economics 202013, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
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    Optimal taxation; place-based redistribution; regional inequality; migration; multidimensional screening; delayed optimal control;
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    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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