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Optimal Tax Rules for Addictive Consumption

  • Bossi, Luca
  • Calcott, Paul
  • Petkov, Vladimir

This paper studies implementation of the social optimum in a model of habit formation. We consider taxes that address inefficiencies due to negative consumption externalities, imperfect competition, and self-control problems. Our contributions are to: i) account for producers’ market power; and ii) require implementation to be robust and time consistent. Together, these features can imply significantly lower taxes. We provide a general characterization of the optimal tax rule and illustrate it with two examples.

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Paper provided by Victoria University of Wellington, School of Economics and Finance in its series Working Paper Series with number 1673.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:vuw:vuwecf:1673
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