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Teach a Man to Fish? Education vs. Optimal Taxation

In models of redistribution, diff erences in human capital are often the relevant source of heterogeneity amongst individuals. Presumably, the distribution of human capital can be manipulated through education spending. This paper examines the use of education as a redistributive tool when there is a nonlinear tax system in place. The results show that taxation, whether under full or asymmetric information, substantially reduces the redistributive role of education spending in maximizing social welfare. This points to a conflict between the equalization of utility and human capital outcomes.

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Paper provided by University of Alberta, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2010-15.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 30 Aug 2010
Date of revision: 01 Apr 2011
Handle: RePEc:ris:albaec:2010_015
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  1. de Bartolome, Charles A M, 1990. "Equilibrium and Inefficiency in a Community Model with Peer Group Effects," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 98(1), pages 110-33, February.
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