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Promoting education under distortionary taxation: Equality of opportunity versus welfarism

Pertti Haaparanta, Ravi Kanbur, Tuuli Paukkeri, Jukka Pirttilä () and Matti Tuomala

No wp-2019-18, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: How does the public provision of education and the deployment of distortionary tax and subsidy instruments differ when the government's objective is conventional welfarist compared to when the objective is the non-welfarist one of equality of opportunity? This paper develops a framework in which the tax and provision rules in the two settings can be easily compared and contrasted. A range of results are derived which help to answer questions such as whether it is the case that progressive taxation is not used at all under opportunities-based objectives.

Keywords: Educational subsidies; equality of opportunity; Income tax; Public goods provisions; Economic inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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