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Is the optimal income tax regressive?

Authors
Journal
Economics Letters
0165-1765
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
100
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2008.03.004
Keywords
  • Optimal Income Tax
  • Intervals Of Singularity
  • Monotonicity Constraint

Abstract

Abstract A class of solutions that violates the standard results on the sign and shape of optimal tax-rates is shown to be less exceptional than what might be expected, thus casting doubt on the general necessity of qualitative features of income tax-schedules accepted heretofore.

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