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Optimal Commodity Taxation and Redistribution within Households

Olivier Bargain and Olivier Donni

No 201107, Working Papers from School of Economics, University College Dublin

Abstract: Using a collective model of consumption, we characterize optimal commodity taxes aimed at targeting speci fic individuals within the household. The main message is that distortionary indirect taxation can circumvent the agency problem of the household. Essentially, taxation should discourage less the consumption of a certain group of goods: those for which the slope of the Engel curves is larger for the targeted person.

Keywords: Optimal commodity taxation; Targeting; Intrahousehold distribution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D13 D31 D63 H21 H31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
Date: 2011-03
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