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Optimal Income Taxation and Job Choice

Robin Boadway (), Zhen Song and Jean-François Tremblay ()

Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2017, vol. 119, issue 4, 910-938

Abstract: In this paper, we study optimal income taxation when different job types exist for workers of different skills. Each job type has some feasible range of incomes from which workers choose by varying labor supply. Workers are more productive than others in the jobs that suit them best. The model combines features of the classic optimal tax literature with labor variability along the intensive margin, with the extensive‐margin approach where workers make discrete job choices and/or participation decisions. We find that first‐best maximin utility can be achieved in the second‐best, and marginal tax rates below the top can be negative or zero.

Date: 2017
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