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Optimal Income Tax and Redistribution

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Matti TuomalaProfessor of Economics, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland

ISBN13: 9780198286059
ISBN: 0198286058
Published: June 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £97.00

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This book provides a survey of optimal income tax theory, following the development of research strategy from the basic Mirrlees model through to its refinements, examining how optimal tax rates and the shape of tax schedules are affected by new considerations.;Optimal tax theory has an important contribution to make to tax policy formation, and has become especially pertinent in recent years with the renewal of controversy over whether progressive income tax is in fact desirable or not.;The author covers the historical background and modern formulations of the theory, and also extends his discussion to consider the most important extensions of the model and the interrelation of income tax with other instruments of tax and expenditure policy.

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Introductory survey; on social objectives; labour supply and income taxation; optimal redistribution in the two-class economy; optimal linear income taxation; Mirrleesian optimal non-linear income tax model; optimal income taxation and educational decisions; optimal income taxation and utility interdependence; optimal non-linear income taxation and uncertainty; an optimal integrated tax system; concluding remarks.