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Optimal Income Taxation and Public-Goods Finance

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  • Martin F. Hellwig

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The paper studies the role of income taxes and admission fees in financing excludable and nonexcludable public goods in a large economy. A renegotiation proofness condition makes the multidimensional Bayesian mechanism design problem tractable. Resulting formulae for optimal income taxes and admission fees are compared to the corresponding Mirrlees-Seade income tax and Ramsey-Boiteux public-sector pricing conditions.

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  • Martin F. Hellwig, 2004. "Optimal Income Taxation and Public-Goods Finance," 2004 Meeting Papers 659, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed004:659
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    1. Bierbrauer Felix J., 2016. "Effizienz oder Gerechtigkeit?," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, De Gruyter, vol. 17(1), pages 2-24, April.
    2. Felix Bierbrauer, 2016. "Effizienz oder Gerechtigkeit? Ungleiche Einkommen, ungleiche Vermögen und die Theorie der optimalen Besteuerung," Discussion Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2016_03, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.

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    Keywords

    Public Goods;

    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods

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