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Politically feasible reforms of non-linear tax systems

Felix Bierbrauer and Pierre Boyer

No 13059, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: We present a conceptual framework for the analysis of politically feasible tax reforms. First, we prove a median voter theorem for monotonic reforms of non-linear tax systems. This yields a characterization of reforms that are preferred by a majority of individuals over the status quo and hence politically feasible. Second, we show that every Pareto-efficient tax system is such that moving towards lower tax rates for below-median incomes and towards higher rates for above median incomes is politically feasible. Third, we develop a method for diagnosing whether a given tax system admits reforms that are politically feasible and/or welfare-improving.

Keywords: Non-linear income taxation; optimal taxation; political economy; Tax Reforms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 D72 D82 H21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-acc, nep-pbe and nep-pol
Date: 2018-07
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