Optimal dynamic nonlinear income taxes: facing an uncertain future with a sluggish government
Marcus Berliant () and
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We consider the optimal nonlinear income taxation problem in a dynamic, stochastic environment when the government is sluggish in the sense that it cannot change the tax rule as uncertainty resolves. We show that the sluggish government cannot allow saving or borrowing regardless of the utility function. Moreover, we argue that the zero top marginal tax rate result in static models is of little practical importance because it is actually relevant only when the top earner in the initial period receives the highest shock in every period.
Keywords: Optimal income taxation; New dynamic public finance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: Optimal Dynamic Nonlinear Income Taxes: Facing an Uncertain Future with a Sluggish Government (2013)
Working Paper: Optimal dynamic nonlinear income taxes: facing an uncertain future with a sluggish government (2012)
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