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A Contribution to the Pure Theory of Taxation : Econometric Society Monographs - Roger Guesnerie

A Contribution to the Pure Theory of Taxation

Econometric Society Monographs

Paperback Published: 11th January 1999
ISBN: 9780521629560
Number Of Pages: 316

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Now available in paperback this book investigates the way in which tax systems affect economic efficiency and the distribution of welfare. It examines within a unified framework questions that are usually treated in different areas of the literature: institutional economics, positive economics, normative economics, and political economics. It adheres to the rigorous standards of pure theory while paying careful attention to the policy relevance of the arguments. Tax systems are viewed as information extracting devices that generate sets of equilibria of complex geometry. A tax reform methodology is proposed that sheds light on optimal taxes. Social conflicts in the determination of taxes are shown to have effects on social cohesion.

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"While many interesting substantive results are obtained using relatively simple models, I believe that the major contribution of this monograph is methodological....this is a book for theorists....Guesnerie has attempted to make the book accessible by providing an extended overview of the main ideas in an introductory chapter and by indicating which of the more technical sections can be skipped....the demands on the reader are large, but then so too are the rewards." John A. Weymark, Journal of Economic Literature.

An overview of Chapter 1: the institutional economics of taxation
A presentation of the model
An overview of Chapter 2: positive economics
An overview of Chapter 3: normative economics of taxation
An overview of Chapter 4: normative economics of taxation: further issues
An overview of Chapter 5: the political economics of taxation
Institutional economics of taxation
The model
Allocation via game forms
Tax systems versus game forms
More on game forms versus tax systems
Coming back on the anonymity assumption
Bibliographical note
Positive economics: the structure of tax equilibria
The basic model
The local structure of the set of tax equilibria
The global structure of the set of tax equilibria
Positive economics: tax equilibrium and tax incidence
Bibliographical note
Normative economics of taxation: reform and optimization
Tax reform, the canonical argument
Tax reform: a closer examination of specific situations
Tax reform: from infinitesimal to finite changes-algorithms of tax reform
Tax reform - further discussions
Second-best Pareto optima
Bibliographical note
Normative economics of taxation: further essays on optimization and reform
The social values of commodities
Non-linearities and quotas policies
Optimal taxes and tax reform in a one-consumer economy
Mixing linear and non-linear taxation; a bird's eye view
Bibliographical note
Political economics of taxation
The structure of the set of Pareto optimal tax equilibria
Taxation as a social choice or a game theoretical problem
A one-dimensional version of the taxation game
Further remarks on the one-dimensional taxation game
Bibliographical note
Mathematical appendix
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ISBN: 9780521629560
ISBN-10: 052162956X
Series: Econometric Society Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 11th January 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.5