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The Impact of Changing Skill Levels on Optimal Nonlinear Income Taxes

  • Craig Brett

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    (Mount Allison University)

  • John Weymark

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    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

The impact of changing an individual's skill level on the solution to a finite population version of the Mirrlees optimal nonlinear income tax problem with quasilinear-in-leisure preferences is investigated. It is shown that it is possible to sign the directions of change in everyone's optimal consumptions and optimal marginal tax rates in response to such a change.

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Paper provided by Vanderbilt University Department of Economics in its series Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers with number 0708.

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