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Taxing and Regulating Vices

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We study the sin taxes and regulatory measures that it is optimal to implement when consumers are time-inconsistent and there are inefficiencies associated with the use of either instrument. For high inefficiency of regulation, only taxation is used and it may be higher or lower than the first-best depending on the price elasticity of demand. For high inefficiency of taxation, only regulation is used to an extent which depends on its effectiveness in terms of quantity reduction relative to the disutility it generates. For moderate inefficiency of either instrument, taxation and regulation are both optimally used.

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  • Annamaria Menichini & Giovanni Immordino & Maria Grazia Romano, 2016. "Taxing and Regulating Vices," CSEF Working Papers 434, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
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    1. Annamaria Menichini & Giovanni Immordino & Maria Grazia Romano, 2019. "Education, Taxation and the Perceived Effects of Sin Good Consumption," CSEF Working Papers 536, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.

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    Keywords

    Hyperbolic preferences; Taxation; Regulation; Consumption restrictions; Sin goods;

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    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation

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