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Optimal Commodity Taxation and Redistribution within Households

  • Olivier Bargain
  • Olivier Donni

Using a collective model of consumption, we characterize optimal commodity taxes aimed at targeting speci fic individuals within the household. The main message is that distortionary indirect taxation can circumvent the agency problem of the household. Essentially, taxation should discourage less the consumption of a certain group of goods: those for which the slope of the Engel curves is larger for the targeted person.

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File URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6383
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Paper provided by School of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201107.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:201107
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