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Optimal Taxation with Private Insurance

Yongsung Chang () and Yena Park
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Yena Park: University of Rochester

No 1321, 2017 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics

Abstract: We derive a fully-nonlinear optimal income tax schedule in the presence of private insurance market. The optimal tax formula is expressed in terms of sufficient statistics—such as Frisch elasticity of labor supply, social preferences, and hazard rates of the income distributions—as in the standard Mirrleesian taxation without private insurance (e.g., Saez (2001)). However, in the presence of private market, the standard sufficient statistics are no longer sufficient to determine the exact shape of optimal tax schedule. The optimal tax rates also depends on how private savings interact with public insurance—through substitution and crowding in/out. Based on our formula, we compute the optimal tax schedule using a quantitative general-equilibrium model that is calibrated to reproduce the U.S. income distribution.

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Date: 2017
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