Redistributive Taxation in a Roy Model
Florian Scheuer () and
Casey Rothschild ()
No 395, 2012 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics
We consider optimal redistribution in a model where individuals can self-select into one of several possible sectors based on heterogeneity in a multidimensional skill vector. We show that when the government cannot or does not observe the sectoral choice or underlying skills of its citizens, the constrained Pareto frontier can be implemented with a single non-linear income tax. We derive formulas for this optimal tax schedule. Under natural conditions, we show that a many-sector model with self-selection leads to optimal income taxes that are less progressive than the corresponding taxes in a standard single sector model.
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