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Variable Earnings and Nonlinear Taxation

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  • Michael Rothschild
  • Robert Moffitt

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We explore the interaction between two facts. The first is that income is variable; the second is that the tax and transfer system transforms before tax income into after tax income in highly non-linear ways. The effect is to penalize (and reward) income variability in a manner which is both substantial and capricious.

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  • Michael Rothschild & Robert Moffitt, 1983. "Variable Earnings and Nonlinear Taxation," NBER Working Papers 1163, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:1163
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    1. Lillard, Lee A & Willis, Robert J, 1978. "Dynamic Aspects of Earning Mobility," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 46(5), pages 985-1012, September.
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    1. Hubbard, R Glenn & Skinner, Jonathan & Zeldes, Stephen P, 1995. "Precautionary Saving and Social Insurance," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 103(2), pages 360-399, April.

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