The motivation for this symposium was the view that the problems of taxation of the family are very important, indeed central, for income tax policy, but are relatively neglected in theoretical public economics. We hope that this collection will stimulate interest and further work in this area. In this Introduction, rather than summarizing the collected papers (several of which are already in the nature of survey papers), we provide a historical background to the literature on what we see as the three central themes of family tax policy: the taxation of two-earner couples, the tax treatment of children, and the issues raised by the taxation of bequests. (JEL codes: D13, D64, D78, D82, E6, H21, H23, H24, H31, J12, J13, J16). Copyright The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Munich. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: email@example.com, Oxford University Press.
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