We consider an economy with intrahousehold inequality where household public goods like child-care or care of the elderly are produced at home using time. Non-cooperative behaviour determines an inefficiently low provision of such goods, and the presence of contribution productivity differentials implies comparative advantages in home work vs. market work. The joint consideration of optimal tax rules and tax reform rules establishes a presumption in favour of high progressivity achieved with a limited number of income brackets, possibly a flat-rate system. High progressivity is instrumental in remedying the inefficiency associated with the lack of cooperation, while limiting the differentiation of tax rates turns out to favour the full exploitation of comparative advantages.
|Titolo:||Revisiting the equity-efficiency trade-off: taxation with noncooperative families|
|Anno del prodotto:||2004|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|