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Conspicuous Leisure: Optimal Income Taxation When Both Relative Consumption and Relative Leisure Matter
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics.
2013 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, ISSN 0347-0520, E-ISSN 1467-9442, Vol. 115, no 1, 155-175 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In previous studies on public policy under relative-consumption concerns, leisure comparisons have been ignored. In this paper, we consider a two-type optimal non-linear income tax model, in which people care about both their relative consumption and their relative leisure. Increased consumption positionality typically implies higher marginal income tax rates for both ability types, whereas leisure positionality has an offsetting role. However, this offsetting role is not symmetric; concern about relative leisure implies a progressive income tax component (i.e., a component that is larger for the high-ability type than for the low-ability type). Leisure positionality does not modify the policy rule for public-good provision.

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2013. Vol. 115, no 1, 155-175 p.
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Non-linear taxation, positional goods, public goods, redistribution, status, D62, H21, H23, H41
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-66663DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9442.2012.01738.xISI: 000313805600009OAI: diva2:609168
Swedish Research Council, 421-2010-1420Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2013-03-04 Created: 2013-02-26 Last updated: 2013-11-14Bibliographically approved

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