A note on the existence of progressive tax structures

Ahmet Ok

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    This paper studies the possibility of progressive income taxation of heterogeneous populations. While a result due to Moyes and Shorrocks (1994) indicates that there does not exist a universally inequality-reducing tax structure which distinguishes between at least two subpopulations (in the sense of applying a different tax function to each subclass), it is shown here that a minimal refinement of the universality of inequality reduction leads one to a possibility conclusion. Informally stated, we prove the existence of uncountably many differentiated tax structures which are strictly progressive almost everywhere.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)527-543
    Number of pages17
    JournalSocial Choice and Welfare
    Volume14
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1997

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    In: Social Choice and Welfare, Vol. 14, No. 4, 1997, p. 527-543.

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    Ok, Ahmet. / A note on the existence of progressive tax structures. In: Social Choice and Welfare. 1997 ; Vol. 14, No. 4. pp. 527-543.
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