Optimal Labour Taxation and Search

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This paper explores the optimal role of the tax system in alleviating labour-market imperfections, raising revenue, and correcting the income distribution. For this purpose, the standard search model of the labour market is extended by introducing non-linear vacancy costs due to scarce entrepreneurial talent and by allowing for arbitrage between being a worker and being an entrepreneur. We study how these extensions affect the following three major implications of the standard model: (1) only the ad valorem component of the wage tax should be employed to raise revenue; (2) the optimal tax system should not distort labour-market tightness; (3) the tax system cannot redistribute from workers to entrepreneurs.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherMacroeconomics
Number of pages49
Volume2000-17
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2000-17

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Tax system
Labour taxation
Entrepreneurs
Workers
Revenue
Labour market
Arbitrage
Vacancy
Tax
Wages
Optimal tax
Income distribution
Labor market imperfections
Costs

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Boone, J., & Bovenberg, A. L. (2000). Optimal Labour Taxation and Search. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2000-17). Tilburg: Macroeconomics.
Boone, J. ; Bovenberg, A.L. / Optimal Labour Taxation and Search. Tilburg : Macroeconomics, 2000. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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Tilburg : Macroeconomics, 2000. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2000-17).

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