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Anasuya RAJ (CREST) – “On the political economy of the income-tax threshold” joint with Pierre Boyer

March 28, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

The Microeconomics Seminar: Every Wednesday at 12:15 pm.

Time: 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Date: 28th of March 2018
Place: Room 3001.

Anasuya RAJ (CREST) – “On the political economy of the income-tax threshold” joint with Pierre Boyer

Abstract: This paper develops a conceptual framework to analyze the political forces affecting the income-tax threshold in a non-linear tax system. Firstly, we study how reforms affecting marginal tax rates and the income-tax threshold can be politically feasible. Our main theoretical results show the relationship between the types of reforms affecting the income-tax threshold and the identity of the decisive voters who make them politically feasible. In particular, we prove that the individual with median income is not necessarily decisive. Secondly, we highlight a mechanism (called “décote”) used by French politicians to effectively control the number of households with positive income tax liability and show how it interacts with reforms of the statutory tax rates.

 

Organizers:
Marie-Laure Allain, Pierre Boyer, Laurent Linnemer  &  Morgane Cure (CREST)

Sponsors:
CREST

Food is provided.

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Date:
March 28
Time:
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
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