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Income Tax Design and the Desirability of Subsidies to Secondary Workers in a Household Model with Joint and Non-Joiont Time



In this paper we analyze income tax design in a two member household labor supply model where time spent on consumption together by the two household members is valued differently from time spent apart. We treat consumption as a non excludable public good to members of the household; one example would be where all household members or one alone can watch TV. When jointly consumed, however, TV services are valued more highly than the same consumption undertaken separately. We use this model to numerically investigate the welfare implications of different tax structures. In sharp contrast to existing literature, our results suggest the desirability of subsidizing secondary worker's labor supply. We also relate our discussion to existing individual-household tax unit literature.

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  • Edgar Cudmore & John Piggott & John Whalley, 2008. "Income Tax Design and the Desirability of Subsidies to Secondary Workers in a Household Model with Joint and Non-Joiont Time," University of Western Ontario, Economic Policy Research Institute Working Papers 20084, University of Western Ontario, Economic Policy Research Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwo:epuwoc:20084

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    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J48 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Particular Labor Markets; Public Policy

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