The paper studies a fiscal policy instrument that can reduce fiscal distortions without affecting revenues, in a politically viable way. The instrument is a private contract (tax buyout), offered by the government to each citizen, whereby the citizen can choose to pay a fixed price in exchange for a given reduction in her tax rate for a period of time. We introduce the tax buyout in a dynamic overlapping generations economy, calibrated to match several features of the US income, taxes and wealth distribution. Under simple pricing, the introduction of the buyout is revenue neutral but, by reducing distortions,it benefits a significant fraction of the population and leads to sizable increases in aggregate labor supply, income and consumption.

Tax buyouts / Marco Del, Negro; Fabrizio, Perri; Schivardi, Fabiano. - In: JOURNAL OF MONETARY ECONOMICS. - ISSN 0304-3932. - 57:(2010), pp. 576-595. [10.1016/j.jmoneco.2010.06.005]

Tax buyouts

SCHIVARDI, FABIANO
2010

Abstract

The paper studies a fiscal policy instrument that can reduce fiscal distortions without affecting revenues, in a politically viable way. The instrument is a private contract (tax buyout), offered by the government to each citizen, whereby the citizen can choose to pay a fixed price in exchange for a given reduction in her tax rate for a period of time. We introduce the tax buyout in a dynamic overlapping generations economy, calibrated to match several features of the US income, taxes and wealth distribution. Under simple pricing, the introduction of the buyout is revenue neutral but, by reducing distortions,it benefits a significant fraction of the population and leads to sizable increases in aggregate labor supply, income and consumption.
Taxes; Private Information; Distortions
Tax buyouts / Marco Del, Negro; Fabrizio, Perri; Schivardi, Fabiano. - In: JOURNAL OF MONETARY ECONOMICS. - ISSN 0304-3932. - 57:(2010), pp. 576-595. [10.1016/j.jmoneco.2010.06.005]
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