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A Second Chance at Success: A Political Economy Perspective?

  • Ryo Arawatari

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    (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

  • Tetsuo Ono

    ()

    (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

This paper characterizes a stationary Markov perfect political equilibrium where agents vote over income taxation that distorts their educational investment. Agents become rich or poor through educational investment, and the poor have a second chance at success. The results show the following concerning the costs of a second chance. First, when the cost is low, the economy is characterized by high levels of upward mobility and inequality, and a low tax burden supported by the poor with prospects for upward mobility. Second, when the cost is high, there are multiple equilibria: one is characterized by high levels of upward mobility and inequality and a low tax burden supported by the rich, the other is characterized by low levels of upward mobility and inequality and a high tax burden supported by the poor. Numerical examples show that the low-cost economy is inferior to the high-cost economy in terms of social welfare.

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Paper provided by Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in its series Discussion Papers in Economics and Business with number 08-04.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:0804
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