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Taxation of Consumption and Labor Income: a Quantitative Approach

Francesca Parodi ()

No 609, Carlo Alberto Notebooks from Collegio Carlo Alberto

Abstract: I quantitatively characterize optimal consumption and labor income taxes in a general framework that allows for partially irreversible durable goods, preference heterogeneity, and horizontal equity goals of the social planner. To do so, I develop and estimate a structural life-cycle model of household consumption, saving, and employment choices. I nd that durables should be subsidized in presence of adjustment costs and that heterogeneity in risk aversion leads to non-uniform consumption taxes. Allowing for government's equity concerns, I show that the model rationalizes the tax practice and that di erentiated consumption taxes serve a redistributive purpose jointly with progressive labor income taxes.

Keywords: Intertemporal Household Choice; Consumption; Durable goods; Saving; Labor Supply; Efficiency; Optimal Taxation; Inequality; Welfare (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 D30 D63 E20 H20 H31 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: pages 40
Date: 2020
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