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Redistributive Taxation in a Partial-Insurance Economy

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  • Kjetil Storesletten

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

  • Giovanni L. Violante

    (New York University)

  • Jonathan Heathcote

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

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We conduct a welfare analysis of redistributive labor taxation in a tractable heterogeneous-agents economy. We highlight four key considerations that determine the optimal overall progressivity of the tax schedule: (i) the preference weight on public consumption goods, (ii) the variance of idiosyncratic risk, (iii) the fraction of idiosyncratic risk that can be insured privately, and (iv) the elasticity of labor supply.

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  • Kjetil Storesletten & Giovanni L. Violante & Jonathan Heathcote, 2010. "Redistributive Taxation in a Partial-Insurance Economy," 2010 Meeting Papers 1124, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed010:1124
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    3. Shantanu Bagchi, 2016. "Differential Mortality and the Progressivity of Social Security," Working Papers 2016-03, Towson University, Department of Economics, revised Aug 2016.
    4. Rong Hai, 2013. "The Determinants of Rising Inequality in Health Insurance and Wages: An Equilibrium Model of Workers' Compensation and Health Care Policies," PIER Working Paper Archive 13-019, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
    5. Markus Poschke & Baris Kaymak, 2015. "The evolution of wealth inequality over half a century: the role of skills, taxes and institutions," 2015 Meeting Papers 967, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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