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Public Goods, Self-Selection and Optimal Income Taxation

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  • Robin Boadway
  • Michael Keen

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Using the self-selection approach to tax analysis, this paper derives a modified Samuelson Rule for the provision of public goods when the government deploys an optimal non-linear income tax. This approach gives a straightforward interpretation of the central result in this area, generalizes it , and provides a simple characterization of optimal policy in a wide range of circumstances.

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  • Robin Boadway & Michael Keen, 1991. "Public Goods, Self-Selection and Optimal Income Taxation," Working Papers 828, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:828
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